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Phrases And Their Origins

Hoist By His Own Petard

If someone falls into a trap of their own devising they are said to be "hoist by their own petard". But what is a petard? And how would you become hoist by one?

We'll send a petard for the winning answer if we can find out where to get one, and some anti-hoist protection equipment.

Joel:

winner!

Petard (pronounced Pe- Tuk!) Adopted by the Klingon language as a personal representative in a court hearing, picked by the defendant to display to the court the admirable character of the accused. The word is believed to have come from old playground and parlour games of Victorian times. When one would conspire, for example, with the seeker in Hide & Seek, so that they would pretend not to have found you and would move on to the smelly, fat or ginger kid.

Incidentally, a Petard is also the strap/coggle combination in a pair of Dungarees (thereby showing that the original 'Support' meaning has not changed).

Hoisted by your own petard is actually just a simple 'lesbian wedgie' where the Petards on the Dungerees are yanked simultaneously causing the crutch area to rise.


Phrases And Their Origins


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