petard, hoist with one's own

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Have one's plans to cause trouble for others backfire on one, from Shakespeare's Hamlet; hoist is in the sense ‘lifted and removed’, and a petard is a small bomb made of a metal or wooden box filled with powder, used to blast down a door or make a hole in a wall.

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