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an eye for an eye

Definition of an eye for an eye

  1. —used to say that a person who has committed a crime should be given punishment that is the same as or as serious as the crime <The ancient code of law called for punishment in the form of an eye for an eye.>



Variants of an eye for an eye

or an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight

    :  the nearly spherical usually paired hollow organ of sight in vertebrates that is filled with a jellylike material, is lined with a photosensitive retina, and is lodged in a bony orbit in the skull

    :  all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows

  1. :  to fix the eyes on :  look at

    :  contemplate, consider

    :  to watch or study closely


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