return the favor

idiom

: to do something the same or similar in return for something done
He treats them well, and they return the favor.

Examples of return the favor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coaches and players have to be prepared to return the favor. Sam McDowell, Kansas City Star, 13 June 2024 To return the favor, Nirvana wore Sonic Youth t-shirts onstage at the peak of their fiery, brief life. Andres Viglucci, Miami Herald, 9 June 2024 Image Implicit in such a request is a willingness to return the favor: a jersey for a jersey, a glove for a glove, cleats for cleats. Zach Buchanan, New York Times, 1 May 2024 Daniels and Bean provided mentorship last season, so he’s tried to return the favor and do the same with freshman quarterback Isaiah Marshall. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 27 Mar. 2024 Bobin, who was first introduced to Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books years ago by his kids, got to return the favor by bringing them to set for the big game. Christian Holub, EW.com, 15 Dec. 2023 On Saturday her teammates were thrilled return the favor. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2024 When that man — who became a close family friend — was diagnosed with a different type of leukemia years later, Costello stepped up to return the favor. Wendy Grossman Kantor, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 The trees provide nectar and shelter for native ants, and to return the favor, these ants protect them from animals looking to take a bite to eat; whenever herbivores try to eat from the tree, the ants start biting and emitting formic acid to stave them off. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 25 Jan. 2024

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“Return the favor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/return%20the%20favor. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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