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以牙還牙 is a phrase that often goes with “An eye for an eye,” even in Chinese. Revenge seems to cross all languages, cultures, and even species (animals are known to take revenge too).
If a Chinese person uses just one part of the full proverb, it will be this “tooth for a tooth” one. Although, we are more likely to say “eye for an eye” alone in English.
Chinese people may also read this with the meaning of “Bite me, and I will bite you back.” However, it literally means “tooth for a tooth” or “you take my tooth, I take yours.”
Here's the full proverb, 以牙还牙以眼还眼, with the first and second parts.
However, in Chinese, it's more natural to put the “tooth” part first, so this more accurately reads “Tooth for a tooth, eye for an eye.”
If revenge is important to you, I suppose this is the phase you want on your wall.
牙 is the character for ivory or tooth in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
牙 can also mean tooth, tusk, fang, or molar.
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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your tooth for a tooth search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| yǐ yá huán yá
yi3 ya2 huan2 ya2
i ya huan ya
a tooth for a tooth (retaliation)
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| dougaihoufuku / dogaihofuku
(principle of) an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth; lex talionis; equal retaliation
| yǐ yǎn huán yǎn , yǐ yá huán yá
yi3 yan3 huan2 yan3 , yi3 ya2 huan2 ya2
i yen huan yen , i ya huan ya
an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth (idiom); fig. to use the enemy's methods against him; to give sb a taste of his own medicine
(expression) (from Matthew 5:38) an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Tooth for a tooth||以牙還牙|
|yǐ yá huán yá|
yi3 ya2 huan2 ya2
yi ya huan ya
|i ya huan ya
|Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth||以牙還牙以眼還眼|
|yǐ yá huán yá yǐ yǎn huán yǎn|
yi3 ya2 huan2 ya2 yi3 yan3 huan2 yan3
yi ya huan ya yi yan huan yan
|i ya huan ya i yen huan yen
|牙||kiba||yá / ya2 / ya|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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