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a dose of (one's) own medicine

An experience of the same harmful or unpleasant thing that one has inflicted on others or an attack in the same manner in which one attacks others. John has gossiped about everyone in our group, so we gave him a dose of his own medicine by spreading rumors about him. The coup gave the dictatorship a dose of its own medicine, subjecting the dictator and his entourage to torture and confinement in deplorable conditions.
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dose of one's own medicine

Also, taste of one's own medicine. Repayment or retaliation, as in It's time we gave them a dose of their own medicine and simply forget to call them back , or Joe was upset at being left out, but they were just giving him a taste of his own medicine . [Late 1800s]
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The local witch-doctor, knowing his own medicine better than any other knew it, was jealous of all other pretenders to accomplishments in the black art.
I'm going to give that brother of mine a taste of his own medicine.
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Terry, who now lives in a care home, said: "Barrymore has some front trying to sue the police, so I've decided to give him a taste of his own medicine by taking legal action.
Elsewhere, Stella gets a taste of her own medicine when she plucks up the courage to ask Kal out and gets a knock back.
Having won with virtually the last kick in Rome, the Scots were floored by a dose of their own medicine.
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If all cowardly trolls got a taste of their own medicine they'd soon shrivel and die.
Join in a craft activity and make your own medicine book or rat to take home.
Following emphatic wins over Nuneaton and Eastwood to kick off 2012, the Knitters tasted some of their own medicine.
Naturally Mickey and company are keen to give this ne'er do well a taste of his own medicine.
With no offence, I would like to mention that Bahrainis are getting a taste of their own medicine.
Summary: The man famous for telling people they're fired, Alan Sugar, could soon get a taste of his own medicine.