return the favor


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return the favor

to do a good deed for someone who has done a good deed for you. You helped me last week, so I'll return the favor and help you this week. There is no point in helping Bill He'll never return the favor.
See also: favor, return

return the favor

to do something similar to someone who has behaved badly to you The other team's fans are nasty to us, and our fans can't wait to return the favor.
Related vocabulary: return the compliment
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of return the favor (to do something similar for someone who has done something good for you)
See also: favor, return
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We should now return the favor by doing the right thing, and that is for the Legislature to get this balanced and responsible budget passed on time,'' Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
Our customers have been loyal for many years and in order to return the favor, we asked what we can do to improve -- their response was faster service," said Romano.
Now Webb and the Mustangs' coaching staff are planning to ask the NAIA to return the favor.
The people, in fact, voted to give Davis the boot, and now the outgoing governor is happy to return the favor.
Today, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company (FFIC) and Clear Channel Communications announced an online countywide program that will help residents return the favor during Fire Prevention Month.
But this year Hancock (2-1) has the opportunity to return the favor.
We're so grateful for all the local support, and can't wait to return the favor by lowering gasoline bills for our loyal customers.
Software Shelf has been selling our products for over a year and we are pumped about this opportunity to return the favor," stated Byrnes.
For the media types who've decked the halls all year long with fruitcake-like nuttiness, we'd like to return the favor.
Rock `n' roll saved the lives of the Murder City Devils and they're here to return the favor.
Today, before cousins Prakash and Stephen play in the quarterfinals Friday, they will return the favor by sitting in the stands to watch their fathers play in the Men's Invitational 45-and-over section of the tournament.
Skating enthusiasts quickly began speculating French judge Marie Reine le Gougne had sided with the Russians in hopes Russia would return the favor for the French in ice dancing, where they are favored.
If this track is any indication, there's a big story ahead for Martin, who packs this single with plenty of surprises," writes Billboard's music reviewer of "Let Me Return the Favor.
SCO believes it is time to return the favor," said Mohan, "and deliver the result of more than 20 years of technical innovation back to educators and students worldwide.