a taste of (one's) own medicine

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a taste 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. Doug is a bully—of course he won't like it when his victims fight back and give him a taste of his own medicine. This team likes to play rough, so let's go out there and give them a taste of their own medicine!
See also: medicine, of, own, taste

*a taste of one's own medicine

 and *a dose of one's own medicine
Fig. a sample of the unpleasantness that one has been giving other people. (Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Now you see how it feels to have someone call you names! You are getting a taste of your own medicine! John, who is often rude and abrupt with people, was devastated when the teacher treated him rudely. He doesn't like having a dose of his own medicine.
See also: medicine, of, own, taste
References in classic literature ?
I'm going to give that brother of mine a taste of his own medicine.
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said it is the turn of Davao city mayor Rodrigo Duterte to have a taste of his own medicine now that the latter stands accused of having hidden wealth four days before the May 9 polls.
But former Hamilton boss Neil is ready to give Foxes gaffer Claudio Ranieri a taste of his own medicine.
And if in that time he should fall ill, let's hope he gets a taste of his own medicine by being told he is too poor for treatment.
Terry, who now lives in a care home, said: "Barrymore has some front trying to sue the police, so I've decided to give him a taste of his own medicine by taking legal action.
Charismatic tycoon Tony Stark gets a taste of his own medicine when one of the warheads his company makes detonates after a sales pitch.
He should have a taste of his own medicine and be made to sweep the streets with a brush, shovel and dust pan for just one month being paid and living on the minimum wage of real poverty, then perhaps he will experience and endure what real work means on the lowest of incomes.
Joey gives his dad a taste of his own medicine by disappointing him, while daughter Alice warns Derek leave Lucy Beale alone.
A free-spirited Frenchwoman, whose life is slowly poisoned by the expectations of the Catholic landed gentry on the 1928 Atlantic Coast, gives her husband a taste of his own medicine in "Therese Desqueyroux," a low-pulse adaptation of the novel by Nobel Prize winner Francois Mauriac.
It seemed that the 24-year-old was giving her cheating fella a taste of his own medicine.
BILLIONAIRE industrialist and arms manufacturer Tony Stark gets a taste of his own medicine when he's blown up by one of his own warheads and captured by hostile forces.
Naturally Mickey and company are keen to give this ne'er do well a taste of his own medicine.
Summary: The man famous for telling people they're fired, Alan Sugar, could soon get a taste of his own medicine.
Valentino Rossi to be in pole position 2pts 8-5 Bet365 Jorge Lorenzo set the pace in the Czech Republic yesterday, but The Doctor can give him a taste of his own medicine.
VERY few football clubs on earth are in a position to give Sir Alex Ferguson a taste of his own medicine - unfortunately for him Real Madrid are one of them.