n. — in sport: a goal you score on yourself, usually unintentionally
— figuratively, an act that harms your own interests
fm. English compounds, own + goal
first published. 1922
Yet another own goal—first Cameron now May…I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention.
That’s a statement from E.U. Brexit negotiator and slow burn master Guy Verhofstadt, June 8, 2017, regarding the results of the recent U.K. election—though I’d like to think the word applies just as well to the news of the day.