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turnabout is fair play

1. It is fair for each person to have the opportunity to do something. Let your little brother play the video game now. Come on, turnabout is fair play.
2. It is fair for someone to suffer the pain that they have inflicted on others. If you start rumors about other people, they'll eventually do the same thing to you. Turnabout is fair play, after all.
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Turnabout is fair play.

Prov. It is fair for one to suffer whatever one has caused others to suffer. So, you don't like being made fun of! Well, turnabout is fair play.
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turnabout is fair play

Taking alternate or successive turns at doing something is just and equitable. For example, Come on, I want to sit in the front seat now-turnabout is fair play. This justification for taking turns was first recorded in 1755.
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turn the tables, to

To reverse the situation between two persons or groups, especially so as to gain the upper hand. This term comes from the custom of reversing the table or board in games like chess and draughts, so that the opponents’ relative positions are switched. It was being used figuratively as long ago as 1612, when George Chapman wrote (The Widow’s Tears, 1.3), “I may turn the tables with you ere long.” Another cliché with the same meaning is turnabout is fair play, which dates from the nineteenth century. Robert Louis Stevenson used it in one of his last works, The Wrecker (1892): “You had your chance then; seems to me it’s mine now. Turn about’s fair play.”
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Staff from Turnabout also made 13 reports about suspected child abuse or neglect to appropriate child welfare agencies.
After 9/11 they did a turnabout, but not a 100 percent turnabout, and remain engaged," he said.
In one article about this welcome turnabout, "New Orleans Working Vacations Catch On," in the Washington Post for March 15, the writer observed: "[Anita McClendon] and thousands of other volunteers are combining work and play to help rebuild this devastated city.
It's somewhat of a turnabout for Emma, who once had a much more relaxed attitude to group nudity.
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, September 2003: Haddix (author of Turnabout, Just Ella, and Takeoffs and Landings) writes a thriller about a teenager living in a small town in the Midwest who is hypnotized by her friends as a party entertainment only to uncover odd facts about her past buried in her memory.
This will bring the index to within 10% of the exaggerated 2000 peak that likely will be reached in 2005,The initial turnabout is being driven by capacity additions in motor vehicles and warehouses, mostly on the West Coast, for the surge in,asian trade.
WINNIPEG -- Children under the age of 12, who run afoul of the law will be served by Turnabout, a new, two-year project of Manitoba government The program aims coordinate existing services available to these children.
Such a developmental turnabout "suggests really amazing plasticity," marvels Bloch.
A viper has bitten me, a bitter viper: The play on words, and the singsong turnabout repetition, instantly channel Gertrude Stein, but are also in key for the Wooster Group and their patented line of mutations of classic modern plays.
When I was performing at the Turnabout Theater in Los Angeles, the audiences would include women--we called them "our Pasadena Ladies"--who looked very much like the Disgruntled.
Grob explains how Americans came to such a turnabout in the few short decades following the Second World War.
It is almost certain that the first round of presidential elections on 13 April will displace the cards in this ex-citing political poker, said Ljupco Popovski for Utrinski vesnik and adds that regardless of the fact that it seems like the Macedonian electorate is fed up with VMRO-DPMNE's rule, there are no sure evidences that the opposition, without sweat, money and skills, could see the turnabout.