Quotation by Shakespeare

For 'tis the sport to have the engineer
Hoised with his own petard.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 4, l. 190-1 (1604).

Referring to the untrustworthiness of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. (These lines do not appear in the 1623 Folio edition.) A "petard" was an explosive device used by engineers of the time, and thus the expression has passed into common usage to mean "caught in one's own trap."
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