(one) can dish it out, but (one) can't take it

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(one) can dish it out, but (one) can't take it

You can voice harsh thoughts, criticisms, or insults toward others, but you do not like when someone else does the same to you. You were all over your sister about her eating habits, but you start pouting when I point out that you had a cupcake for dinner last night! What, you can dish it out, but you can't take it?
See also: but, can, dish, take
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