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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Have you ever hoisted your own petard?

“To be hoist by one's own petard,” a now proverbial phrase apparently originating with Shakespeare's Hamlet (around 1604) not long after the word entered English (around 1598), means:
“to blow oneself up with one's own bomb, be undone by one's own devices.”


Add a comment about the petard you hoisted.

5 comments:

Janet said...

what about your petard? has it been hoisted..???

JoeFlyer said...

Oh...I've hoisted many a petard. Recently, at work (software co.), I had a PC all setup with the stuff I needed to test something, and while trying to prepare another machine for similar work...wiped out that complete setup by accidentally selecting it in our PC re-imaging software -- so, it was essentially brought back to a clean OS state without any of the software I needed (as if it were a new PC from the store). There went about two hours of work - doh!

JoeFlyer said...

Hillary Clinton may have hoisted a petard or two...

http://www.slate.com/id/2178626/nav/fix/

Anonymous said...

Use the phrase correctly. It is properly stated: TO BE THE HOST OF ONE'S OWN PETARD. Meaning that one is destroyed or damaged by one's own deeds or device.

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