(also: a plague on both your houses)
Meaning: the same suffering befall everyone involved. Origins and uses.
Rewrite 1: may both of your eyes go blind
Rewrite 2: may you suffer like two cats with tails tied over a clothes line
Rewrite 3: an illness overcome you all
Rewrite 4: you’ve drunk from the same cup, may you suffer the same fate
Comment: It’s been quoted numerous times recently on news programs covering the Jack Abramoff scandal to describe public opinion on whether the scandal is a bigger problem for Republicans or Democrats.
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