give as good as one gets

Return in kind, retaliate, as in In an argument Laura can give as good she gets, or Don't worry about the bullies in Bobby's class—he can give as good as he gets. The general idea of this expression dates from the late 1600s, but the precise wording was first recorded only in 1952.


Nearby words

  1. give a piece of one's mind,
  2. give a shit,
  3. give a wide berth,
  4. give an inch and they'll take a mile,
  5. give and take,
  6. give away,
  7. give bad marks to,
  8. give birth to,
  9. give chase,
  10. give color to

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