View Poll Results: "be hoist with one's own petard" means?

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  • A. to use one's own strength to face a problem

    17 18.48%
  • B. to be lifted up by one's undergarments

    7 7.61%
  • C. to end up having egg on one's face

    67 72.83%
  • D. to pick up with one's own hand thine dog's doo-doo

    1 1.09%
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  1. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Idiom: "be hoist with one's own petard" means?

    There's one more:

    E. A term used by pirates to mean, stubborness.

    For extra bonus points, can you name the person who coined the phrase?


  2. RonBee's Avatar
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    I don't know if he coined the phrase, but it is from Shakespeare (Hamlet, I think), and a petard (pronounced pe-tar) is an explosive device.


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    Convicted by your own statements or actions.

    Shoot yourself in the foot.

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