1. return like for like, give tit for tat, give a blow for a blow, give a Roland for an-Oliver, take an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, give measure for measure or pound for pound; give [s.o.] a dose or taste of his own medicine, pay [s.o.] back in his own coin, pay back in kind, repay, pay back, return the compliment or favor, reciprocate, give as good as one gets, do unto others as they do unto you.
2. make reprisal, requite, avenge, revenge, take revenge, wreak revenge, inflict punishment, exact payment, exact one's pound of flesh; hit back at, strike back at, get back or get back at, get even with, Inf. pay off an old score, Inf. settle a score, Inf. wipe out an old score; give [s.o.] his just deserts, U.S. Dial. give [s.o.] his comeuppance, Inf. give [s.o.] what he has coming to him.

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