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English definition of “fight fire with fire”

fight fire with fire

to use the same methods as someone else in order to defeat themResponding to an attack
(Definition of fight fire with fire from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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