Could anyone tell me the literary term (if one exists) for using someone's own words against them in the future. For example, in The Merchant of Venice when Shylock states he wants to 'catch Antonio once upon the hip' and later Gratiano repeats this to Shylock as an insult.

  • Dramatic irony. – Gustavson Dec 31 '17 at 22:24
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    It's "media bias", obviously! – Hot Licks Dec 31 '17 at 23:19
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  • @MetaEd I'm not sure I'd know where to start when it comes to researching this one (perhaps looking for synonyms of 'tit for tat', 'taste of his own medicine' – but this assumes one is cognisant with these expressions). // A duplicate has just been posted. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 20 '19 at 11:51

How about the Shakespearean hoist(ed) by one's own petard?

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