from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small bell-shaped bomb used to breach a gate or wall.
- n. A loud firecracker.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, hat-shaped explosive device, used to blow a hole in a door or wall.
- n. Anything potentially explosive, in a non-literal sense.
- n. A loud firecracker.
- v. To attack or blow a hole in (something) with a petard.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A case containing powder to be exploded, esp. a conical or cylindrical case of metal filled with powder and attached to a plank, to be exploded against and break down gates, barricades, drawbridges, etc. It has been superseded.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An engine of war used to blow in a door or gate, form a From a breach in a wall, etc.
- n. A small paper cartridge used in ornamental fireworks, generally at the end of a lance, so arranged that the flame terminates with an explosion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an explosive device used to break down a gate or wall
She had meant to try out Jasper's racing-car at dawn, forgetting that racers have no mufflers, and she had been, as one may say, hoist with her own petard – although I do not know what a petard is and have never been able to find out.
Watching ignorant lefties (didn’t read the law) and/or evil lefties (supporters of illegal entry) hoist with their own petard is very satisfying theater indeed.
A petard was a small medieval bomb used to blow up gates and walls when breaching fortifications.
A petard is a small explosive used to breach castle walls.
The phrase is actually “hoist by his own petard” a petard is a small barrel of gunpowder used as a bomb and the phrase literally means “he blew himself up”
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word petard came into substantive use in 1598, so itâ€ ™ s fair to speculate that viewers of Hamlet (first performed c. 1600-01) may have been aware of the wordâ€ ™ s etymological root in the French pÃ©tard, from the verb pÃ©ter, to fart.
As I heard it, they made an explosive called a petard…. you see my meaning.
Furthermore, as one would guess, hanging a petard was a hazardous occupation; it went out of style in the early 1700's.
Ha! and all this time I though a petard was a pointy stick.
Use the truth and hang them by their own petard (a petard was a crude explosive device that often blew up in the users hands)