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live by the sword, die by the sword

1. Those who live a violent lifestyle will usually die a violent death. The young men of this city getting caught up in gang violence have the shortest lifespans of anyone in the state. You live by the sword, you die by the sword.
2. If you rely upon a certain means of doing something, especially that which is illegal or harmful to others, you are likely to have a negative outcome as a result thereof. For years the senator took bribes and skimmed profits from kickbacks all over his state, until finally the FBI put together a sting against him that ended up putting him away for life. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
See also: die, live, sword

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Prov. If you use violence against other people, you can expect to have violence used against you.; You can expect to become a victim of whatever means you use to get what you want. (Biblical.) The gang leader who organized so many murders was eventually murdered himself. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Bill liked to spread damaging gossip about other people, until he lost all his friends because of some gossip that was spread about him. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
See also: die, live, sword