Share this entry

hoist with (or by) one's own petard

Definition of hoist with or by one's own petard in English:

Have one’s plans to cause trouble for others backfire on one.
[From Shakespeare's Hamlet ( iii. iv. 207); hoist is in the sense 'lifted and removed', past participle of dialect hoise (see hoist)]
Example sentences
  • Charges of working against the interests of your own country are very slippery things, and may get the one making the charges hoisted by his own petard someday.
  • But, with any luck, he may soon be hoisted by his own petard.
  • He's been at if for years and he finally got hoisted by his own petard.
See parent entry: petard

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.