Eye For an Eye and a Tooth for a Tooth

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To take retribution or give penalty similar to the original offense or fault

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  • This idiom is mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible (Exodus 21:23). It is often practiced to summarize its severe policy. This idiom demonstrates that every offense or harm should be chastised or remunerated back with the same exchange of unkind dealings.
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Anna took new watch of Sara when she took her new sunglasses. That’s what we call an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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