Definition of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth in English:

an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth

phrase

  • Used to refer to the belief that retaliation in kind is the appropriate way to deal with an offence or crime.

    ‘whenever someone treated him badly, it was an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’
    • ‘His laws were very cruel and were based on the principle of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’
    • ‘‘‘If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless.’’
    • ‘But before we get carried away with such ideas, it is worth remembering that, in the Bible, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth was really not about retribution; it was about restoration.’
    • ‘Revenge should never play a part in a modern justice system, I am hoping that we as a race are beyond that by now, that we have grown up a little since the Bible days of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’