Значение идиомы eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth

[eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth] A blow or injury should begiven back as hard as each one that is received; every crime or injuryshould be punished or paid back.

In ancient times if a man’s eyewas put out by his enemy, he might get revenge by putting his enemy’seye out. This was the rule of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for atooth.”

Sometimes used in a short form.

Churches today teach thatwe should forgive people who hurt us, not follow the rule of “an eyefor an eye.”

Compare: DOG EAT DOG, GIVE AS GOOD AS ONE GETS, TIT FOR TAT.


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