what goes round comes round

Definition of what goes round comes round

chiefly British, informal

  1. —used to say that if someone treats other people badly he or she will eventually be treated badly by someone else You should not mistreat them. What goes round comes round.

Word by Word Definitions

whatplay
  1. : used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

    : often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

    :  who

  1. :  why

    :  in what respect :  how

  1. : used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

    :  whatever

    :  any

goes
  1. : present tense third-person singular ofgo

    : plural ofgo

roundplay
  1. :  having every part of the surface or circumference equidistant from the center

    :  cylindrical

    :  approximately round

  1. :  around

  1. :  something (such as a circle, globe, or ring) that is round

    :  a knot of people

    :  a circle of things

  1. :  to make round

    :  to make (the lips) round and protruded (as in the pronunciation of \ü\)

    :  to pronounce with lip rounding :  labialize

  1. :  around

    :  all during :  throughout

  1. :  whisper

    :  to speak to in a whisper

comeplay comes
  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series


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