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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Since the late nineteenth century, artists have absorbed the lessons of technology and then presented them to us as a taste of our own medicine. By adopting seemingly inexpressive, repetitive, or highly finished modes of painting, artists like Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, and David Reed articulate the ways in which modernity mechanizes and fragments individual human subjectivity.