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a device contrived to hurt another person; boobytrap; an explosive contraption used in warfare to blow in a door or form a breach in a wall.
to "hoist by one's own petard" means you have been hurt or caught by the very device that you intended to hurt someone else. This phrase is often used mockingly, as if to say that you stepped in your own mess.
by Dr. Dave January 07, 2004
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A nasty and insulting word for members of PETA, an animal-rights terrorist organization. They are usually destroying property or protesting at McDonalds.
An idiot PETArd threw paint on my fur coat, so I sued her for over a million dollars and won.
by weirdgirl June 18, 2003
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Derogatory term for one who belongs to PETA. See also terrorist.
Those PETArds are protesting outside the Outback Steakhouse again. Should I dump the T-bones on them, boss?
by SiliconHero April 25, 2003
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Medieval demolition. Set down by people, and then the person runs. In many cases, the person may fail to run, therefore they have been "blown away by their own petard", which is also a common saying.
Petard is nothing to do with retard. You are retarded, not petarded. :P
by Steaver370 July 30, 2004
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Another french word to define a joint.
Il m'explose late ce pétard !
by Marianne January 18, 2004
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The French word for a rectal zephyr fart. Origin Latin pedere, to break wind.
Following the meal, the queen produced a series of dainty petards, all discreetly ignored by her tablemates.
by Jerrod Mason February 07, 2004
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puh-tard

1. Someone who has become borderline retarded because they smoked way too much Pot.
2. A dumb Pothead.
Cheech and Chong used to be funny back in the day. But now they're a couple of petards.
by DonnieLee August 14, 2006
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