English version

return the compliment

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishreturn the complimentreturn the complimentto behave towards someone in the same way as they have behaved towards you They didn’t take a lot of notice of me, and I returned the compliment. compliment
Examples from the Corpus
return the complimentWhat else to do but return the compliment?Hardin returned the compliment with a blaster specifically borrowed for the occasion.As she pulled on a tan leather blouson, she eyed me warily, and I returned the compliment.One year later, the Eastbourne Road school is returning the compliment.If they failed to understand the settled peasants, the latter returned the compliment.I have ventured into the use of your name several times but you have not returned the compliment.Characteristically, Scargill is not returning the compliment and is not planning to co-operate with the alliance.Cheltenham's Tory faithful welcomed the Lady and she returned the compliment.
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