One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Retaliate by similar behaviour.‘paying Diane back in her own coin always seemed to backfire’
fight back, strike back, hit back, respond, react, reply, reciprocate, counterattack, return fire, return the compliment, put up a fight, take the bait, rise to the bait, return like for like, get back at someone, get, give tit for tat, give as good as one gets, let someone see how it feels, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicineView synonyms
- ‘Worrell knew very well why Buller had been picked and decided to pay them back in their own coin.’
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