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English definition of “someone can dish it out but he or she can’t take it”

someone can dish it out but he or she can’t take it

someone easily criticizes other people but does not like it when other people criticize him or her: He’s mad at me for teasing him – he can dish it out, but he can’t take it!
(Definition of someone can dish it out but he or she can’t take it from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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