a taste of (one's) own medicine

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a taste of (one's) own medicine

An experience of the same harmful or unpleasant thing that one has inflicted on others; an attack in the same manner in which one attacks others. Doug is a bully—of course he won't like it when his victims fight back and give him a taste of his own medicine. This team likes to play rough, so let's go out there and give them a taste of their own medicine!
See also: medicine, of, own, taste

*a taste of one's own medicine

 and *a dose of one's own medicine
Fig. a sample of the unpleasantness that one has been giving other people. (Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Now you see how it feels to have someone call you names! You are getting a taste of your own medicine! John, who is often rude and abrupt with people, was devastated when the teacher treated him rudely. He doesn't like having a dose of his own medicine.
See also: medicine, of, own, taste
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"I'm going to give that brother of mine a taste of his own medicine. In short, I'm going to play the hog myself, and not for one day, but for the rest of the season,--if we're in luck."
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But former Hamilton boss Neil is ready to give Foxes gaffer Claudio Ranieri a taste of his own medicine.
And if in that time he should fall ill, let's hope he gets a taste of his own medicine by being told he is too poor for treatment.
After a lifetime making misery for others he will at last get the bitter taste of his own medicine" - The self-styled British Battleaxe, Christine Hamilton, on Max Clifford.
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