Combattre le mal par le mal

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Definition

combattre le mal par le mal : to fight fire with fire, to retaliate using the same tactics as your adversary expression


combattre le bois par le bois : ‘to fight wood with wood’

This is not a real French expression, but Thierry suggests using bois (wood) to fight against the bois of a gueule de bois (hangover, or literally ‘wooden head’).

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