give as good as one gets


give as good as one gets
give as good as one gets
Fig. to give as much as one receives; to pay someone back in kind. (Usually in the present tense.) •

John can take care of himself in a fight. He can give as good as he gets.

Sally usually wins a formal debate. She gives as good as she gets.

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{v. phr.} To be able to give back blow for blow; defend yourself well in a fight or argument. * /The Americans gave as good as they got in the war with the English./ * /George gave as good as he got in his fight with the older boy./ Compare: EYE FOR AN EYE, GAME AT WHICH TWO CAN PLAY.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • give as good as one gets — {v. phr.} To be able to give back blow for blow; defend yourself well in a fight or argument. * /The Americans gave as good as they got in the war with the English./ * /George gave as good as he got in his fight with the older boy./ Compare: EYE… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • give\ as\ good\ as\ one\ gets — v. phr. To be able to give back blow for blow; defend yourself well in a fight or argument. The Americans gave as good as they got in the war with the English. George gave as good as he got in his fight with the older boy. Compare: eye for an eye …   Словарь американских идиом

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  • as\ good\ as\ one\ gets — See: give as good as one gets …   Словарь американских идиом

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