return the compliment
Also, return the favor. Repay someone in kind, as in Her political opponent came out with a smear campaign, and she returned the compliment. Neither the compliment nor the favor in this idiom is necessarily desirable. [First half of 1700s]
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They called for peace, reconciliation, and the safe return of Father Gregorio.
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All things that are of the earth, shall return to the earth again, and all waters shall return to the sea.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
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It being offensive to the French, they took none of it with them on their return.
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