one good turn deserves another


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one good turn deserves another

A favor or good deed should be repaid in kind. You were a lifesaver for us when we needed a babysitter last week, so I'm happy to help now—one good turn deserves another, after all.
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One good turn deserves another.

Prov. If someone does you a favor, you should do a favor for that person in return. Jill: Thanks for the ride. Jane: It's the least I can do after you helped me wash the car last week. One good turn deserves another. Child: I don't want to help Grandma go shopping. Father: But she helped you with your homework yesterday. And one good turn deserves another.
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one good turn deserves another

A favor should be returned in kind, as in I'll give you a ride next time-one good turn deserves another. This maxim was first recorded about 1400, and the converse, One bad turn deserves another, about 1500.
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one good turn deserves another

if someone does you a favour, you should take the chance to repay it.
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ˌone good ˌturn deserves aˈnother

(saying) if somebody helps you with something, you should help them in return
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one good turn deserves another

I owe you for the favor you did me previously. This adage, usually said by a person returning a favor, dates as far back as ca. 1400, appearing in a Latin manuscript of that period, and by the mid-sixteenth century it was part of John Heywood’s proverb collection.
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