Oliver, take an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, give measure for measure or pound for pound; give [s.o.] a dose or taste of his own medicine, pay [s.o.] back in his own coin, pay back in kind, repay, pay back, return the compliment or favor, reciprocate, give as good as one gets, do unto others as they do unto you.
2. make reprisal, requite, avenge, revenge, take revenge, wreak revenge, inflict punishment, exact payment, exact one's pound of flesh; hit back at, strike back at, get back or get back at, get even with, Inf. pay off an old score, Inf. settle a score, Inf. wipe out an old score; give [s.o.] his just deserts, U.S. Dial, give [s.o.] his comeuppance, Inf. give [s.o.] what he has coming to him.
retaliation, n. reprisal, redress, satisfaction, revenge, vindication, retribution, vengeance; vendetta, feud; requital, repayment, paying back, counterpunch, counterblow, counterstroke, counterattack, counterblast, countercharge, recrimination; tit for tat, Latin, quid pro quo, a Roland for an Oliver, blow for a blow, eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, measure for measure, pound for pound, lex talionis, talion; dose or taste of one's own medicine, just deserts, Inf. what's coming to one, U.S. Inf. comeuppance.
retard, v. make slow, slow down, slow up, Sl. hang up, delay; detain, hold back, set back, check, hold in check, restrict, restrain; hinder, hamper, impede, forestall, prohibit, debar; interfere, interrupt, frustrate, thwart, foil, balk, Inf. short-circuit; handicap, encumber; clog or scotch the wheels, dam up, obstruct, block, stand in the way, inhibit, deter, prevent; arrest, stay, stop, halt.
retardation, n. 1. deceleration, slowing up, lagging, lingering, delaying; delay, postponement, stoppage, suspension; procrastination, stalling, prolongation, protraction.
2. encumbrance, hindrance, impediment, obstacle, obstruction, Archaic, remora, oppilation, interference, Law. estoppel; restriction, bar, barricade, stop, stopper, block, stumbling block; curb, check, balk, catch, hitch, snag, difficulty.
3. limitation, handicap, incapacity, incapability, inability; slowness, dullness.
retarded, adj. (all in reference to mental development) limited, Rare, incapacious, deficient, defective, abnormal, subnormal, exceptional; impaired, disabled, unsound, handicapped; slow, dull, unaware.
retch, v. gag, keck, dry-heave; vomit, regurgitate, puke, throw up, Sl. frow up, heave, spit up, spew up, disgorge; be sick to one's stomach, be nauseated, nauseate, Inf. have the throw-ups; be seasick, have mal de mer, turn green; All Sl. barf, upchuck, toss one's cookies, return or lose one's breakfast, blow lunch, Sl. ralph.
retention, n. 1. hold, keeping, safekeeping, maintenance; reservation, withholding; custody, detention, captivity, restriction, restraint, inhibition; grasp, grip, gripe, clasp, embrace, hug.
2. memory, recall, recollection, retentiveness.
reticence, n. reserve, taciturnity, quietness, silence, muteness, speechlessness; self-containedness, standoffishness, uncommunicativeness, unconversableness, unsociability, unsociableness; diffidence, shyness, bashfulness; restraint, unobtrusiveness, undemonstrativeness, unresponsiveness.
reticent, adj. reserved, taciturn, quiet, silent, closemouthed, tight-lipped; mum, mute, speechless; selfcontained, stand-offish, unconversable, unconversa-tional, unsociable; .retiring, subdued, restrained, moderate, unobtrusive, unobtruding, Inf. wallflower; undemonstrative, unresponsive.