Main Hoist By His Own Petard Discussion

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08:37:40 PM Oct 1st 2011
It's "hoist with his own petard" a petard was a bomb and mechanical devices were sometimes used to fling them into the enemy fortifications. If the engineer got caught up in the ropes for hoisting the petard he was hoisted along with it. This trope needs to be renamed and moved, however that happens.
02:00:33 PM May 12th 2010
I am not sure that doing something risky and dying from it counts as hoist on your own petard - I think you have to intend harm/evil to someone else and have it happen to you instead. (See: the Curie and Bogdanov examples)