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 or 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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dose of one's own medicine

Also, taste of one's own medicine. Repayment or retaliation, as in It's time we gave them a dose of their own medicine and simply forget to call them back , or Joe was upset at being left out, but they were just giving him a taste of his own medicine . [Late 1800s]
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a dose (or taste) of your own medicine

the same bad treatment that you have given to others.
The idea of taking or receiving your own medicine has been in metaphorical use since the mid 19th century.
1994 Eoin McNamee Resurrection Man Every time you turn on the telly there's some politician talking the mouth off himself, dose of their own medicine's what they want.
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A lot of people not only felt aggrieved and angered by the one-sidedness of the bullying incident, they also threatened to teach the bully a lesson by giving him and his family a dose of his own medicine. It was as though the nation suddenly saw its children in the shoes of the victim, and felt his utter helplessness and humiliation.
Summary: People chastised the boy's parents on social media, adding that the child got a dose of his own medicine
A CHARITY fundraiser is taking a dose of his own medicine to help raise funds for two causes.
NEIL LENNON has been no stranger to dishing out criticism this week but the Celtic boss got a dose of his own medicine from Hotline punters yesterday.
But does Fox need a dose of his own medicine? I don't mean water boarding, which I hope even the Defence Secretary is against.
And he was to suffer a dose of his own medicine as Wallaby No.
After dominating the first seven races of the season in which he won six, Button was given a dose of his own medicine in front of a 120,000 sell-out Silverstone crowd.
After winning six of this season's first seven races, Button was given a dose of his own medicine in front of a 120,000 sell-out Silverstone crowd.
ROY Keane has been handed a dose of his own medicine via a stinging rebuke from Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney.
The thing I really like about Scudamore is that he gives everything a ride, but he was given a dose of his own medicine in the 2m novice chase as his mount, Vivid Imagination, failed to peg back all-the-way winner Dev, another horse to be given a no-nonsense ride, this time from Tony McCoy.
The characters in his novels--women, blacks and other presumed victims--decide to give Yerby a dose of his own medicine, steeping him in the situations he created for them.
He must take a dose of his own medicine and admit he messed up.
He has been one of the most ruthless of all and is being forced into a dose of his own medicine.
And the 32-year-old insisted he would accept it if Ralf gave him a dose of his own medicine at the start.
There are also some broad, fairly amusing staged skits turning the tables on trad "lesbian" imagery (as when a male doctor doing prurient "research" on live "deviant" women gets a dose of his own medicine), as well as a running visual motif of the filmmakers' alter ego (played by Ann Maguire) poring through a vast warehouse of film cans.