fight fire with fire


: to fight against an opponent by using the same methods or weapons that the opponent uses

Examples of fight fire with fire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For his part, Cohen says Democrats need to fight fire with fire. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2024 The Federal Reserve, which is in charge of taming price growth, in part by raising interest rates, has sought to fight fire with fire. Rob Wile, NBC News, 10 Apr. 2024 This way of thinking led Georgia police to decide the only way to prevent a crime getting out of had was to fight fire with fire. Owen Bellwood / Jalopnik, Quartz, 29 Mar. 2024 On this episode, how to fight fire with fire in the change in climate. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 Anti-gay agitprop had been a staple of Hollywood for decades; what was pro-gay agitprop but a long-overdue attempt to fight fire with fire? Mark Harris, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2023 Whether bowls could fight fire with fire, or real money with potential money, via NIL deals, finding a way to lure players into participating in bowls by way of financial compensation, is a gray area worth keeping an eye on. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Dec. 2022 In short, the only astute thing to do is to prepare to fight fire with fire. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2022 The creators who use the trend to respond to misogyny also fight fire with fire. NBC News, 2 Feb. 2022

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“Fight fire with fire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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