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live by the sword, die by the sword

1. Those who live a violent lifestyle will usually die a violent death. The young men of this city getting caught up in gang violence have the shortest lifespans of anyone in the state. You live by the sword, you die by the sword.
2. If you rely upon a certain means of doing something, especially that which is illegal or harmful to others, you are likely to have a negative outcome as a result thereof. For years the senator took bribes and skimmed profits from kickbacks all over his state, until finally the FBI put together a sting against him that ended up putting him away for life. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
See also: by, die, live, sword

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Prov. If you use violence against other people, you can expect to have violence used against you.; You can expect to become a victim of whatever means you use to get what you want. (Biblical.) The gang leader who organized so many murders was eventually murdered himself. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Bill liked to spread damaging gossip about other people, until he lost all his friends because of some gossip that was spread about him. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
See also: by, die, live, sword
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The story of Pablo Escobar is well-known of course, maybe too well-known: head of the Medellin cartel which, in the 80s, gave that city the highest murder rate in the world; purveyor of tons upon tons of cocaine to the US market; victim of his own success, once again proving the maxim that those who live by the sword die by the sword. Loving Pablo 's main innovation is telling that story through the eyes of Virginia Vallejo (Penelope Cruz), a Colombian TV diva who had an extended affair with the (married) drug trafficker, and years later told all in a book irresistibly titled Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar .
"We feel it is soft but when you give the referee that option it's live by the sword die by the sword and that's what happened.
Those who live by the sword die by the sword. I don't have much time for people who whinge or whine" Nick Clegg, former Liberal Democrat leader
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"Live by the sword die by the sword. If you don't want to get hurt don't carry weapons," he posted.
The Tigers perished, proving once again the old adage that those who live by the sword die by the sword. The government's announcement of Prabhakaran's death and the Tigers' destruction brought relief and joy to the entire country, which had lived in fear for more than a quarter of a century.
However, it's also only fair that those who live by the sword die by the sword. Which means that when Beatts missed that howling chance at home to Birmingham on Saturday, Sven would have been perfectly within his rights to lift his jacket up to reveal a vest daubed with the slogan `roobish'.
They don't want to hear 'Overcome evil with good.' They don't want to hear 'Those who live by the sword die by the sword.' They don't want to hear 'If your enemy hurts you, do good, feed, clothe, minister to him.' They don't want to hear 'Blessed are the merciful.' They don't want to hear 'Love your enemies.