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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They preserved it to 19-15 but got a dose of their own medicine as Cherry Rondina hit three spikes in UST's five-point run to take the lead, 21-20.
Christian Dela Paz stood at the forefront of their fluid attack with a game-high 24 points, capped by the game-clinching wallop off a great set-up by Edmark Meneses, as the Chiefs gave the favored Altas a perfect dose of their own medicine in the decisive frame to complete their fightback from a two-sets-to-one deficit.
These monsters are hopefully extinct, and those that remain should be exposed, given a double dose of their own medicine before being fired and declared unfit to teach anywhere else.
They gave the Pumas a dose of their own medicine by shoving them backwards, powering forward and showing an appetite for battle.
THE Specsavers County Championship reaches a thrilling climax this week with Yorkshire stepping out at Lord's today needing to give Middlesex a dose of their own medicine if they are to stand a chance of taking the title for the third year on the bounce.
fans can abuse a manager for 90 minutes and then cry wolf when they get a dose of their own medicine.
She gave them a dose of their own medicine and pulled a prank on them for trying to set her up with Jordan.
London Welsh gave them a dose of their own medicine when the popular Trevett was on the end of an unstoppable surge for the try-line from a line-out.
Having won with virtually the last kick in Rome, the Scots were floored by a dose of their own medicine.
Undress and parade them naked in public, because it is time to give them a dose of their own medicine.
England gave India a dose of their own medicine when they toured last year, with spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann proving more than a handful for the hosts.
MOSELEY are preparing to give Bedford a dose of their own medicine when the sides clash at Billesley Common tomorrow.
CAIRO: Esperance's goal against Ahly in the CAF Champions League semi finals was dubious but it definitely gave the Red Devils a dose of their own medicine, said Tunisian side assistant coach Maher Kanzari.
Bolton handed Stoke a dose of their own medicine as Owen Coyle's side grabbed their first home Premier League win of the season at the death.