two wrongs don't make a right


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two wrongs don't make a right

Seeking retribution or revenge for a hurtful or deceitful action is not an appropriate way to resolve a conflict. Just because he insulted you doesn't mean it's OK for you to start a rumor about him—two wrongs don't make a right.
See also: make, right, two, wrong
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Two wrongs do not make a right.

Prov. Someone else may do something bad and not be punished, but that does not mean you are allowed to do bad things. Jill: I'd really like to humiliate Fred, after he made fun of me in front of everyone at lunch. Jane: Now, now, Jill. Two wrongs don't make a right.
See also: make, not, right, two, wrong
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

two wrongs do not make a right

A second misdeed or mistake does not cancel the first, as in Don't take his ball just because he took yours-two wrongs do not make a right. This proverbial adage sounds ancient but was first recorded in 1783, as Three wrongs will not make one right.
See also: make, not, right, two, wrong
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

two ˌwrongs don’t make a ˈright

(saying) used for saying that it is wrong or useless to harm somebody because they have harmed you: Don’t be stupid! You want to hurt him just because he hurt you! Two wrongs don’t make a right, you know. OPPOSITE: an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth)
See also: make, right, two, wrong
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