Petard meaning

pĭ-tärd
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A metal cone or box filled with explosives, fastened in warfare to walls and gates and exploded to force an opening.
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A kind of firecracker.
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A small bell-shaped bomb used to breach a gate or wall.
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A loud firecracker.
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(historical) A small, hat-shaped explosive device, used to blow a hole in a door or wall.
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Anything potentially explosive, in a non-literal sense.
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(now rare) A loud firecracker.
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(now rare, archaic) To attack or blow a hole in (something) with a petard.
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be hoist with one's own petard
  • To be undone by one's own schemes.
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hoist with one's own petard
  • Destroyed by the very devices with which one meant to destroy others.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

be hoist with one's own petard

Origin of petard

  • French pétard from Old French from peter to break wind from pet a breaking of wind from Latin pēditum from neuter past participle of pēdere to break wind pezd- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French petarder, see pétard.

    From Wiktionary