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own goal

[ ohn-gohl ]
/ ˈoʊn ˌgoʊl /
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noun

Soccer, Ice Hockey. an unintentional goal scored to the offense when the ball struck by a defensive player goes into the defensive team’s net: The goalkeeper's own goal was a stunningly bad moment.Abbreviation: o.g.
an unintentional harm or disadvantage to oneself or one’s associates, brought about by one’s own action, often when the intention was to harm or disadvantage someone else: The prosecution’s relentless badgering proved to be an own goal, and a much-relieved defendant went free.

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Origin of own goal

First recorded in 1920–25
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own goal

noun

soccer a goal scored by a player accidentally playing the ball into his own team's netAbbreviation: o.g
informal any action that results in disadvantage to the person who took it or to a party, group, etc with which that person is associated
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