outsmart oneself

outsmart

[out-smahrt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to get the better of (someone); outwit.
Idioms
2.
outsmart oneself, to defeat oneself unintentionally by overly elaborate intrigue, scheming, or the like: This time he may have outsmarted himself.

Origin:
1925–30; out- + smart (adj.)

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outsmart (ˌaʊtˈsmɑːt)
 
vb
informal (tr) to get the better of; outwit

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outsmart
"to prove too clever for," 1926, from out + smart.
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