return the favor

Definition of return the favor

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

Word by Word Definitions

return play
  1. : to go back or come back again

  2. : to go back in thought, practice, or condition : revert

  3. : to pass back to an earlier possessor

  1. : the act of coming back to or from a place or condition

  2. : a regular or frequent returning : recurrence

  3. : the delivery of a legal order (such as a writ) to the proper officer or court

  1. : having or formed by a change of direction

  2. : doubled on itself

  3. : played, delivered, or given in return

favor play
  1. : friendly regard shown toward another especially by a superior

  2. : approving consideration or attention : approbation

  3. : partiality

  1. : to regard or treat with favor

  2. : to do a kindness for : oblige

  3. : endow


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