pay (one) back with interest

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pay (one) back with interest

To punish or retaliate against someone 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 breaking his computer, television, video game console, and smartphone.
See also: back, interest, pay
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ANDY POWELL has outlined the huge debt he owes to the Blues and is planning to begin paying them back with interest .