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.
Such voters might end up outsmarting themselves. When the votes are counted, the motives of those who cast them don't matter.
But could it be that hunters often try so hard they end up outsmarting themselves? Could it be that when we do tip the odds in his favor, it's usually because of something we've done and not because of some strange power that the deer has?
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.
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.