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•Give sb tit for tat (idiom) -

To give someone something equal to what was given you.(以牙還牙,針鋒相對)

Examples:

1. They gave me the same kind of difficulty that I gave them. They gave me tit for tat.  

2. He punched me, so I punched him. Every time he hit me, I hit him. I just gave him tit for tat.

•Give sb a taste of their own medicine(idiom) -

To do the same bad thing to someone that they have done to you. (以其人之道還治其人之身)

Examples:

1. I'm glad somebody decided to give them a taste of their own medicine.  

2. This team likes to play rough, so let's go out there and give them a taste of their own medicine!

•Spell sth out (phrasal verb) –

To make explicit; to specify in detail.(清楚說明)

Examples:

1. Be assertive and spell out exactly how you feel.  

2. The government has so far refused to spell out its plans.

•Fall prey to sb/sth (idiom) -

To be harmed or affected in a bad way by someone or something. (深受…之害,成為…的犧牲品)

Examples:

1.  Police fear that more senior citizens could fall prey to the thieves.  

2. Some of his friends fell prey to drugs.

•Habit is second nature (proverb) -

That which has been turned into a habitual practice will be done with little or no conscious effort.(習慣是第二天性,習慣成自然)

Examples:

1. Habit is a second nature, so teachers often remind us to make a good habit.

2. Sorry, ever since I worked as an editor I can't help but pick out typos and grammatical mistakes. Habit is second nature!

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