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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It was a case of Sarawat having a dose of its own medicine after Sarawat itself spoiled Falcon's bid for 40 the previous week.
G4S appears to be suffering a dose of its own medicine, with both government and corporate desire to save costs now impacting at the group itself.
New Gloucester gave District 4 a dose of its own medicine, getting superb pitching from pitchers Taylor Whaley and Katelyn Tucker, who combined to twirl a one-hitter during a 1-0, eight-inning victory at Rockwood Field.
By taking advantage of extra baserunners, Royal (12-2, 5-2) gave Simi Valley a dose of its own medicine.