outsmart (one)self

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outsmart (one)self

To find oneself negatively impacted by the schemes that one undertook for personal gain. I was so successful in overshadowing my competition that the boss is skeptical that I can work as part of a team. I guess I outsmarted myself!
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Let's see if they can avoid outsmarting themselves today.
They believe opponents are outsmarting themselves by calling for a moratorium, since reforms will make the system so reliable that it will be impossible to abolish.
Many who study the group fear proponents of peace - Israel, Arafat and the others who joined hands at the anti-terrorism conference Wednesday in Egypt - are again in danger of outsmarting themselves by misjudging Hamas.
The insurance companies--not all of them--who thought they might lose a few dollars in profit, and the tobacco companies who fought vigorously, may have won a temporary victory, but the insurance companies particularly may have forced a situation where they won a battle but will end up outsmarting themselves and losing a great deal.