Catch Word #75 – A taste of your own medicine

Have you ever given someone a taste of their own medicine? Has anyone ever given you a taste of your own? Shawn gave Angela a taste of her own medicine. This means that Shawn treated Angela in the same bad way that she had been treating him. This episode is about the expressions that people can use to talk about their revenge. You can hear these expressions often in television or film, or from people who are giving some payback.


Expressions included in the learning materialsbully

  • Bank
  • To build up
  • Dark
  • A taste of your own medicine
  • A taste
  • Soap opera
  • To be pushed around
  • Bully
  • We’ll see how you like it
  • Two can play at that game
  • Tit for tat
  • An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth
  • A prison sentence
  • An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

Sample transcript

Maura:  So the expression was two can play at that game. So that means that one person was being not nice and then when you also decide to be not nice, that makes two people, so you say, two can play at that game.
Harp: Yeah, let’s give an example for this.
Maura: OK. Hey Jane.
Harp: Hi.
Maura: Did you hear that Sue was spreading rumours about you?
Harp: No.
Maura: Yeah, she said that your hair colour isn’t natural.
Harp: Well, two can play at that game. I’m gonna give her a taste of her own medicine and spread some rumours about her.
Maura: So in that example, Sue was spreading rumours and so Jane decided to spread rumours about her in retaliation.
Harp: Yes, because two can play at that game.

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips