give tit for tat

give someone tit for tat

Fig. to give someone something equal to what was given you; to exchange a series of very similar things, one by one, with someone. They gave me the same kind of difficulty that I gave them. They gave me tit for tat. He punched me, so I punched him. Every time he hit me, I hit him. I just gave him tit for tat.
See also: give, tat, tit
References in classic literature ?
But she is naturally a more irritable constitution than the black horse; flies tease her more; anything wrong in the harness frets her more; and if she were ill-used or unfairly treated she would not be unlikely to give tit for tat.
However it will give tit for tat reply to Indian aggression on LoC and working boundary.
He said that earlier to this, the police force has nominal guns for battling trained and well equipped terrorists but by Grace of God, now the police force was capable to give tit for tat response to terrorists' attacks.
Clemente Ruiz Dura, coordinator of the Postgraduate Economics Program at Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM), said the two factions will give tit for tat at the summit.
His dirty talk does not shock her, and she can give tit for tat.