To pay one in his own coin
Coin Coin (koin), n. [F. coin, formerly also coing, wedge, stamp, corner, fr. L. cuneus wedge; prob. akin to E. cone, hone. See {Hone}, n., and cf. {Coigne}, {Quoin}, {Cuneiform}.] 1. A quoin; a corner or external angle; a wedge. See {Coigne}, and {Quoin}. [1913 Webster]

2. A piece of metal on which certain characters are stamped by government authority, making it legally current as money; -- much used in a collective sense. [1913 Webster]

It is alleged that it [a subsidy] exceeded all the current coin of the realm. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

3. That which serves for payment or recompense. [1913 Webster]

The loss of present advantage to flesh and blood is repaid in a nobler coin. --Hammond. [1913 Webster]

{Coin balance}. See Illust. of {Balance}.

{To pay one in his own coin}, to return to one the same kind of injury or ill treatment as has been received from him. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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