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Do you know anyone who's ever been "Hoisted by his/her own petard"?

Asked by NosyBut (161 points ) November 13th, 2012

It basically means “Injured by the device that you intended to use to injure others.” Could also be a plan that backfired or “blew up” in one’s face. Do you know anyone who has been a “victim” of this?

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thorninmud's avatar

Me. Well, 4-year-old me.

My mom had some ornamental peppers growing in our yard, and I thought it would be ever so amusing to trick Ruthy Lofton (the girl next door) into eating one. I don’t exactly recall what devious feminine machinations she employed, but I was the one who ended up with the pepper in my mouth. I mainly remember standing by the kitchen sink and drinking lots of water.

Girls, it seems, are smart. Who knew?

marinelife's avatar

Well, Newt Gingrich, Mr. Family Values, was caught cheating on his wife.

filmfann's avatar

Gus Grissom?

Hoisted by your petard actually means lifted off your feet by the force of your own fart.

LuckyGuy's avatar

How’s this? “James W. Heselden, a British businessman… who owned the company that makes Segway electric scooters, died Sunday after plunging from a cliff in West Yorkshire, the police said, apparently while touring his property on a Segway. He was 62.”

Segway Company owner dies

bookish1's avatar

@filmfann: P├ętard also means firecracker, as well as joint. It’s a remarkably flexible word!

Symbeline's avatar

@bookish1 It’s also used for a remarkably hot/handsome individual, usually a man. ^^

Also, my answer; Will E Coyote.

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