Use the weapons or tactics of one’s enemy or opponent, even if one finds them distasteful.
More 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.
Definition of fight fire with fire in:
- The US English dictionary