pay (one) back with interest

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pay (one) back with interest

To punish or retaliate against one with an action that is more harmful or negative than what they did originally. After she found out he broke her computer, she paid him back with interest by smashing his computer, TV, and video game console
See also: back, interest, pay
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The fact is that businesses and households all borrow money that we have to pay back with interest whilst money has become easier and cheaper to borrow.
Weren't the banks supposed to pay back with interest every penny (we) the government lent them?
We know that honourable members, who rightly condemned greedy and grasping bankers, will pay back with interest and donate a like amount to charity.
Not only is there tax and NI to pay back with interest, but the Revenue is also warning that it may issue penalties to offending contractors who fail to sort this out.