What is the meaning of the expression two can play this game ? I have often heard it as a reply to a statement. When and in what context is it used ?


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Two can play at that game: something that you say when you intend to harm someone in the same way as they harmed you:

When I found out that my husband had been having an affair, I thought "two can play at that game!"


If Person A is playing tricks/mind games, Person B's response is:

Two can play that game

meaning that B will use A's tricks against them.

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    Is it something like tit for tat ? – devb May 6 '17 at 4:19
  • That's fairly similar, yes. – fyrepenguin May 6 '17 at 4:20
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    "retaliation in kind" from Tit for Tat, very similar – JMP May 6 '17 at 4:21

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