›(of payment) given in the form of goods or services and not money: She wouldn't take any money but said I could pay her in kind by lending her the car.›formalIf you do something in kind, you do the same thing to someone that they have just done to you.
A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English
by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in