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1. With similar actions or in an equivalent manner. If you treat people with respect, they will respond to you in kind. You need to pay her back in kind for all the bad things she's done to you!
2. With goods, rather than money. My clients are very poor, and often pay me in kind, with a basket of eggs or whatever they have.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. in goods rather than in money. The country doctor was usually paid in kind. He accepted two pigs as payment for an operation. Do you have to pay tax on payments made in kind?
2. similarly; [giving] something similar to what was received. John punched Bill, and Bill gave it back in kind. She spoke rudely to me, so I spoke to her in kind.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. With produce or commodities rather than money. For example, I edited Bob's book for payment in kind; he gave me voice lessons in exchange. [c. 1600]
2. In the same manner or with an equivalent, as in He returned the insult in kind. [Early 1700s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1 (of payment) in the form of goods or services, not money: People in the country used to pay the doctor in kind with meat, vegetables, eggs and things like that.
2 do the same thing to somebody as they have done to you, usually something unpleasant: If they attack our troops, we will retaliate in kind.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
1. With produce or commodities rather than with money: pay in kind.
2. In the same manner or with an equivalent: returned the slight in kind.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.