Taste of your own medicine: Meaning, synonyms & origin + 9 example sentences

What does “Taste of your own medicine” mean?

“Taste of your own medicine” means, when someone is treated the same way he has been treating others. The idiom is used to refer when someone receives bad feelings that he had inflicted on others. The idiom is used to say “as you sow so shall you reap”. This phrase can be used in a way to replace the sayings: “do good, have good ” or “do bad, have bad”.

9 examples of how to use “Taste of your own medicine” in a sentence

  • The taste of one’s own medicine is always bitter, that’s why one must act wisely and to deal others fairly.
  • You are getting a taste of your own medicine; you must be wise in your dealings and conduct with others.
  • She was cruel with others always, she used to deceive others; all bad is happening with her due to her own taste of medicine.
  • Keep quiet and obey my rules; if you want to keep yourself safe from tasting your own medicine!
  • I f you be unfair with others you will taste your own medicine, be fair and gentle with others always.
  • The world is very cruel, keep it in your mind; you will taste your own medicine.
  • Tasting your own medicine is the only reward for you because throughout your life; you had mistreated others.
  • Aare you afraid of tasting your own medicine! If yes, then; fear God and be generous with others.
  • We love to tease others throughout our lives but when it comes to tasting our own medicine then we don’t like it.

The origin of “Taste of your own medicine”

This phrase’s roots can be found in one of Aesop’s fables. It’s about a con artist who sells fake drugs and claims that it will fix something. People send him his own prescription as he becomes sick, which he realises will not heal him.

Synonyms for “Taste of your own medicine”

As you sow, so shall you reap, tit for tat, do good have good, unpleasant experience, misfortunate event, bad experience, bad situation,

Idioms related to “Taste of your own medicine”

  • At your wits’ end
  • The crux of the matter
  • Grasping at straws
  • In dire straits
  • You have got your work cut out for
  • A vicious cycle
  • Once bitten, twice shy
  • Take the bad with the good
  • From frying pan to fire
  • A stone will get a wretched person, going uphill