'A Taste of Your Own Medicine' | Phrase Definition, Origin, & Exampleso
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A Taste of Your Own Medicine


You use the expression ‘A Taste of Your Own Medicine’ to indicate that someone is
sampling the same unpleasantness they’ve been dishing out to others.

Example of use: “I don’t feel at all sorry that people are calling you names. You’re getting a taste of your own medicine.”

Interesting fact

The origin of the phrase ‘a taste of your own medicine’ comes from Aesop’s famous story about a swindler who sells fake medicine, claiming that it can cure anything. When he falls ill, people give him his own medicine, which he knows will not work.