"Hoist petard" - A Famous Quote by William Shakespeare
This famous 'petard' quote originated in the play by William Shakespeare. This section provides answers to the following questions about this famous Shakespeare quote:
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Shakespeare Quote - "Hoist petard"
"Hoist with his own petard"
There's letters seal'd, and my two schoolfellows,
Whom I will trust as I will adders fang'dó
They bear the mandate, they must sweep my way
And marshal me to knavery. Let it work;
For 'tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard, an't shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon.
Hamlet Act 3, Scene 4
Definition of a Petard
What is a "petard"? A case containing powder to be exploded,. It is typically 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. "Hoist with his own petard" literally means "blown up with his own mine."
Famous Shakespeare Quote
Although set in different times many of the most famous quotes about life and love by William Shakespeare are still relevant today. Did you know that William Shakespeare is credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with the introduction of nearly 3,000 words into the language. It's no wonder that expressions from his works in literature, including the "Hoist petard" quote, are an 'anonymous' part of the English language. Many people continue to use this "Hoist petard" quote by William Shakespeare in famous quotes about life. Common misquotes are 'hoist on your own petard', 'hoisted by my own petard' and 'hoisted on his own petard'