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13 / 10 / 2010

EYE EXPRESSIONS-5: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you enjoyed your long weekend, if in fact you were one of the lucky ones who had a long weekend. :-)

Today and tomorrow we will finish our look at English expressions that use the word eye in them. 

Today's expression is: an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth)

Meaning: used to refer to the idea of punishing someone by doing to them what they have done to you or somebody else. (In Spanish = ojo por ojo y diente por diente)

Example 1:
Jackie: Did you hear about that man who was murdered yesterday?
George: Yeah. If they catch the guy who did it, I think he deserves to die! An eye for an eye!

Notice that in Example 1 I didn't include the second part of the expression (a tooth for a tooth). When using this expression in conversation, we often use this abbreviated form, with just an eye for an eye.

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I hope you enjoy your Wednesday!