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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Many people take matters into their own hands and, rather than report neighbours, give them a taste of their own medicine.
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So, Street Fighter V does the near unthinkable and forced all these people to play together and get a taste of their own medicine.
BY JOHN FALLON THE ITALIAN job can only be conquered if the Azzurri get a taste of their own medicine, according to John O'Shea.
If all cowardly trolls got a taste of their own medicine they'd soon shrivel and die.
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So now let's give the clampers a taste of their own medicine.
With no offence, I would like to mention that Bahrainis are getting a taste of their own medicine.
It has been obvious tomany people in this country that the only thing these cowards understand is a taste of their own medicine.
Daniel Anderson's men have been the sole dominant force in the game for almost two years, but were handed a taste of their own medicine at Old Trafford as Tony Smith's underdogs produced a peerless performance.
He is going to put up a notice inside his pub banning non-smokers from the smoking area thus giving the tree huggers and do-gooders a taste of their own medicine.
RUGBY LEAGUE: After snatching victory from Bradford's grasp in the opening Easter fixture, Leeds got a taste of their own medicine when Wigan struck in the dying moments of the last match of the Bank Holiday period.
AYR UNITED stopper Eddie Forrest is aiming to give St Johnstone a taste of their own medicine after the giantkilling act on Rangers.
Quentin said: "I am really looking forward to meeting these office despots - and giving them a taste of their own medicine.
ENGLAND got a taste of their own medicine last night when West Indies struck two late blows in the third Test at Old Trafford, writes Ed Hawkins.