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fight fire with fire

Definition of fight fire with fire in English:

Use the weapons or tactics of one’s enemy or opponent, even if one finds them distasteful.
Example sentences
  • It is from there I adopted the tactic of fighting fire with fire - its the only thing these people understand.
  • And if the end result isn't exactly my idea of a civilized political discourse (I'll reserve judgement for now) it clearly is a powerful and successful example of fighting fire with fire.
  • ‘She has developed a coping mechanism of fighting back, fighting fire with fire,’ Mr Mott said.
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