the biter bitten (or bit)
Used to indicate that someone is being treated in the same way that they have treated others, typically badly.
‘now the cruel biter was being cruelly bitten’
- ‘It's the old tale of the biter bit: Jarrett finds he doesn't hold all the cards, and Raja exacts revenge for being made to look like Liberace.’
- ‘Just twelve months later, he almost repeated the trick, taking Luton back to the final, though this time it was a case of the biter bit as, after leading 1 -, they finally succumbed 3-1 to Cloughie's Nottingham Forest.’
- ‘Arsenal, by the way, look like a case now of the biter bit.’
- ‘So the irony is delightful, a case of the biter bit, sort of, except that it is the NSW taxpayers that will have been bitten in the end if this judgement is upheld in any appeal.’
- ‘I do enjoy reading Guido's blog, it's fun, but this case of the biter bit was just too tempting to ignore.’
the biter (is) bit (British old-fashioned)
someone who has caused harm to other people in the past has now been hurt It's a case of the biter bit.
Example: After years of breaking girls' hearts, he finally fell for someone who didn't love him.