What does fight fire with fire mean?


Idiom Meaning:

use similar methods as someone else to defeat them


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Operation: Rabbit (1952)

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Wile E. Coyote: Ah, my darling. How beautiful you are. How devastating! How lucky! Little did you dream that one day you would marry a genius.

Bugs Bunny: Fight fire with fire, I always say.

Wile E. Coyote: Here comes the bride, all dressed in…

Wile E. Coyote: Oh, no!


Guardians of the GalaxyHulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2014)

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Red Hulk: Gotta fight fire with fire.

A-Bomb: You wanna torch these Monster Island rejects?

Red Hulk: Not quite.


The Best Man (1964)

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President Art Hockstader: Oh, there have been moments when I’ve questioned your methods.

Joe Cantwell: Well, you got to fight fire with fire, Mr. President.

President Art Hockstader: And the end justifies the means, huh?

Joe Cantwell: Yes, I believe that.

President Art Hockstader: Well, son, I got news for you about both politics and life. And may I say the two are exactly the same? There are no ends, Joe, only means.



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