Idiom: A Taste Of Your Own Medicine

Meaning ofA Taste Of Your Own Medicine“:
- When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others. Someone gives you “a taste of your own medicine” when they act towards you the same way you act towards others in order to teach you a lesson about the way you are acting.

Usage ofA Taste Of Your Own Medicine“:
- Dump a user out of your network by giving them a taste of their own medicine — say you’re too busy or don’t have the right contact. (CBS News – Mar 15, 2012).
- He’s always interrupting people when they are talking; what he deserves is a taste of his own medicine!
- Did you see those two people cutting in front of us in line just now? Let’s cut in front of them and give them a taste of their own medicine!

Origin ofA Taste Of Your Own Medicine“:
The saying “a taste of your own medicine” comes from one of ├ćesop’s fables. It’s about a swindler who sells a concoction, claiming it can heal any illness. He himself falls ill and people try to give him his own medicine (which he knows is rubbish) in order to cure him.