(an) eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth)

an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth) phrase
the idea that someone who has harmed another person should be punished by having the same thing done to them
Thesaurus: revengesynonym
Main entry: eye

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an ˌeye for an ˈeye (and a ˌtooth for a ˈtooth) idiom
(saying) used to say that you should punish sb by doing to them what they have done to you or to sb else

They advocate a justice system that works on the principle of an eye for an eye.

Main entry:eyeidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth — A blow or injury should be given back as hard as each one that is received; every crime or injury should be punished or paid back. * /In ancient times if a man s eye was put out by his enemy, he might get revenge by putting his enemy s eye out.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth — A blow or injury should be given back as hard as each one that is received; every crime or injury should be punished or paid back. * /In ancient times if a man s eye was put out by his enemy, he might get revenge by putting his enemy s eye out.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth — person s punishment should be equal to the wrong or crime which he committed (Biblical) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • an\ eye\ for\ an\ eye\ and\ a\ tooth\ for\ a\ tooth — • an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth A blow or injury should be given back as hard as each one that is received; every crime or injury should be punished or paid back. In ancient times if a man s eye was put out by his enemy, he might get… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. — An eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth). something that you say which means if someone does something wrong, they should be punished by having the same thing done to them. If you murder someone you deserve to die. An eye for an eye …   New idioms dictionary

  • an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth — used to refer to the belief that punishment in kind is the appropriate way to deal with an offense or crime Origin: with biblical allusion to Exod. 21: 24 * * * an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth see ↑eye, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑tooth …   Useful english dictionary

  • an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth — ► an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth retaliation in kind is the appropriate way to deal with an offence or crime. [ORIGIN: with biblical allusion to the Book of Exodus, chapter 21.] Main Entry: ↑eye …   English terms dictionary

  • an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth — retaliation in kind is the appropriate way to deal with an offence or crime. [with biblical allusion to Exod. 21: 24.] → eye …   English new terms dictionary

  • eye — ► NOUN 1) the organ of sight in humans and animals. 2) a rounded eye like marking on an animal or bird. 3) a round, dark spot on a potato from which a new shoot grows. 4) the small hole in a needle through which the thread is passed. 5) a small… …   English terms dictionary

  • Eye for an eye — The phrase an eye for an eye , (, ). Assuming the fulfillment of certain technical criteria (such as the sentencing of the accused whose punishment was not yet executed), wherever it is possible to punish the conspirators with the exact same… …   Wikipedia

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