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Sour grapes

The attitude of the person who is been disappointed.
The person bitterly rationalizes that what he or she had wanted was probably not so great after all

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Sold down the river

To be treated or misled especially by someone trusted

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Nemesis

Which causes his or her downfall or the term can refer to the downfall of itself

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Pyrrhic victory

Which the winners victory comes at such a great expense that is scarcely better than losing

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Flash in the pan

Initially shows great promise soon fails to meet expectations

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Scapegoat

Person who is blamed or punished for someone else's misdeeds

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Don Quixote/Quixote/telling at well winds

Foolishly or a practically idealistic a naïve attempt to be heroic

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Benedict Arnold

Is a traitor

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Delphic oracle

Ambiguous and difficultly and difficult to interpret, difficult to interpret and riddle like

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Over a barrel

He or she is unable to act independently and must do the bidding of something else

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Shibboleth

Slogan or catchword used by or associated with a particular party group or sect

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Doublespeak

Ambiguous language

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Murphy's Law

Something goes wrong, sense inevitability

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Medusa

Repulsive or terrifying woman, wild unruly hair

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Heist with ones own petard

Caught in ones own trap or beaten at one's own game