give (one) tit for tat

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give (one) tit for tat

To retaliate against one. The phrase is most likely an alteration of the Dutch phrase "tip for tap," which means "blow for blow." A: "Shelly's mad at you?" B: "Yep, and she's giving me tit for tat by refusing to help me plan this event." I know your brother hit you, but you don't have to give him tit for tat—find a better solution than that.
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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.
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He said that they would hold meeting today afternoon to chalk out their future line of action and give tit-for-tat response to government over this issue.
Participating in the debate, Syed Khursheed Shah strongly condemned the India's violation of LoC and suggested to give tit-for-tat response to India.
India will give a befitting reply to attacks being unleashed from across the border, he said adding that Indian security forces were prepared to give tit-for-tat reply of any attack.
The Interior Minister said that India was shelling the Sialkot border villages by violating the ceasefire agreement, adding Pakistan would give tit-for-tat response to India.