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"get hoisted on your petard" #1 (permalink) Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:04 pm   "get hoisted on your petard"
 

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ESL/EFL Test #374 "English Slang Idioms (95)", question 6

"So, you got hoisted on your .......... I was wondering when you were going to get fired. No offense, but you are lazy, you call in sick too often, and you don't care enough," her mother told her.

(a) car
(b) petard
(c) resume
(d) feet

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #374 "English Slang Idioms (95)", answer 6

"So, you got hoisted on your petard. I was wondering when you were going to get fired. No offense, but you are lazy, you call in sick too often, and you don't care enough," her mother told her.

Correct answer: (b) petard

Your answer was: incorrect
"So, you got hoisted on your feet. I was wondering when you were going to get fired. No offense, but you are lazy, you call in sick too often, and you don't care enough," her mother told her.
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Could somebody please explain this expression?
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"get hoisted on your petard" #2 (permalink) Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:52 pm   "get hoisted on your petard"
 

Hello Baubau,

dict.leo.org suggests it meant that a person is treated like he or she usually treated others so that what the complainer can see, feel or experience is the effect of his or her own way of behave.

But in this very special case Iīd rather suggest that the addressed girl gave the matter for her displacement from work or school or whereever herself by misbehaving.
Itīs her own guilt having been treated that special way.

Letīs see what natives will advise us of its meaning here.

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"get hoisted on your petard" #3 (permalink) Wed Feb 17, 2010 17:26 pm   "get hoisted on your petard"
 

Hi Michael,
Yes, you're right.
However, it's better to say, "It's her own fault." OR "She got fired, but she deserved it due to her poor work ethic, effort etc. It's her fault."
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"get hoisted on your petard" #4 (permalink) Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:21 am   "get hoisted on your petard"
 

Hi,

Does 'had it coming to someone' carry the same meaning?
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"get hoisted on your petard" #5 (permalink) Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:33 am   "get hoisted on your petard"
 

Hi Puppet,
Yes, in this sentence, 'she had it coming' has the same meaning.
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"get hoisted on your petard" #6 (permalink) Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:46 am   "get hoisted on your petard"
 

I heard that when I catched one of the movies.

Thank you so much, Linda.
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"get hoisted on your petard" #7 (permalink) Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:52 am   "get hoisted on your petard"
 

'Caught'.
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"get hoisted on your petard" #8 (permalink) Fri Feb 26, 2010 15:37 pm   "get hoisted on your petard"
 

Thank you for correcting me.
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