pay (one) back with interest

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pay (one) back with interest

To punish or retaliate against someone with an action that is more harmful or negative than what they did originally. After she found out he broke her computer, she paid him back with interest by breaking his computer, television, video game console, and smartphone.
See also: back, interest, pay
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Amongst these rare tracks are Every Day by Billie Davis, He Doesn't Love Me by the Breakaways, Heart by Petula Clark, Run by Sandie Shaw, Pay You Back With Interest by Dana Gillespie, I've Found Love by Sharon Tandy and I Only Care About You by Julie Grant.
ENRAGE the Gods and they pay you back with interest - every hero knows that.