a dose of (one's) own medicine

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a dose of (one's) own medicine

An experience of the same harmful or unpleasant thing that one has inflicted on others; an attack in the same manner in which one attacks others. John has gossiped about everyone in our group, so we gave him a dose of his own medicine by spreading rumors about him. The coup gave the dictatorship a dose of its own medicine, subjecting the dictator and his entourage to torture and confinement in deplorable conditions.
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Sadly, for anyone hoping to see a British woman in action during the second week of Wimbledon, Watson is now likely to be prescribed a hefty dose of her own medicine.
Kim was furious and decided to give Kris a dose of her own medicine by countering her offer with a bigger one.
A PHARMACY worker has taken a dose of her own medicine and helped to raise cash for a poorly sixyear-old in the process.
The French glamour girl, who has been upsetting opponents all fortnight, received a dose of her own medicine as she lost a bitter battle to Japan's Kimiko Date.
JOHN HAYLER, of Gwent, Wales, added: "I'd like to chain Miss Widdecombe up myself so that she gets a dose of her own medicine.