A Taste of Your Own Medicine (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "A Taste of Your Own Medicine"?

The term "to get a taste of your own medicine" means "to be mistreated just as you have mistreated others."

"To get a taste of your own medicine" comes from one of Aesop's Fables. (Aesop was a Greek storyteller credited with a number of fables, which are now known as Aesop's Fables. He lived 620-564 BC). This specific fable relates to a swindler who sold fake medicine, claiming that it could cure any ailment. When the swindler himself became ill, people gave him his own medicine, which he knew would not work.
A Taste of Your Own Medicine (Origin)

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