An eye for an eye

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An eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth).

something that you say which means if someone does something wrong, they should be punished by having the same thing done to them
Usage notes: This phrase comes from the Bible.
If you murder someone you deserve to die. An eye for an eye.
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an eye for an eye

Punishment in which an offender suffers what the victim has suffered.
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The vehement reaction to An Eye for an Eye stems in part from the fact that Sack and his publisher tossed this controversial book into an intellectual vacuum--an ignorance about this period and certainly about Jewish presence in this period--with no preface or anything else to set the context.
In An Eye for an Eye, he recounts a 1992 interview with Leszek Nasiadko, the thirtyseven-year-old Polish major heading up the Morel investigation for the Commission for the Investigation of Crimes Against the Polish Nation.