return the favor

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return the favor

To reciprocate one's actions. You helped me last week, so I'll return the favor and do your filing. If Tiffany's the one who started that rumor about me, I'll just return the favor with a rumor about her.
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return the favor

to do a good deed for someone who has done a good deed for you. You helped me last week, so I'll return the favor and help you this week. There is no point in helping Bill He'll never return the favor.
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Moralde recovered after getting dropped in the first round and returned the favor to Muwendo, who tasted the canvas in the fifth round.
Previously, it was Justin Bieber who had worn a shirt with an old picture of Tiffani Thiessen, who returned the favor a few weeks later, and actor James Franco, who wore a shirt which had his own face printed all over it.
This is not the first time that Macedonian authorities have "returned the favor" in such a way, says analyst Ismet Ramadani, according to whom, Macedonia keeps ignoring Kosovo.
"The RZS party has returned the favor to the Socialists by saving the President," the GERB MP declared.
Two years ago, Verdy returned the favor by interviewing Helgi Tomasson, whose career at New York City Ballet overlapped with hers for a few years.
Americans welcomed these distinguished men and women with open arms; and Central Europe's finest minds returned the favor by lending their talents to movie studios, publishing houses, and Ivy League universities, while pledging their loyalty to the American way.
If Mies gave the art world some of its most memorable buildings over the course of his career, Curator Julian Heynen's choice for the first exhibition in the renovated landmarks is auspicious: With Ruff, he's picked an artist who has lately returned the favor.
The evergreen diva then returned the favor by appearing on "Fantastic Fabulous," a new Luscious Jackson song that recalls Blondie's vintage street-talking jive.
Reciprocating his kind gesture, Soberano returned the favor by writing that Gil is her 'walking thought, my only dream and everything I'll need.'
But he's still the best friend I've got." She returned the favor, nursing him through his illnesses, assisting on his shows--"a sort of silent partner," she called herself when we talked in 1999.
Recently, Glass and Reich have returned the favor. In 1997, the former collaborated on a track with techno-ambient auteur Aphex Twin; and, on the heels of its ten-CD Reich retrospective, Works: 1965-95, the Nonesuch label has just released a set of officially commissioned electronic mutations, Reich Remixed.
Luce returned the favor, leaving her husband, media visionary Henry Luce, home in New York.
Padilla then returned the favor to the actor by replying: 'Saya lang' (Bottoms only)'
Pacquiao, however, returned the favor, pinning Vargas to the ropes with a three-punch combination.
The pity of her life is that while she supported artists, emotionally and financially, through the lean times, none of them returned the favor during the fat times.
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