See reverse lightning.
- Return the compliment
Also, return the favor. Repay someone in kind, as in Her political opponent came out with a smear campaign, and she returned the compliment. Neither the compliment nor the favor in this idiom is necessarily desirable. [ First half of 1700s ]
noun 1. a ticket for the return portion of a trip. 2. Chiefly British. a round-trip ticket. return ticket noun 1. (Brit) a ticket entitling a passenger to travel to his destination and back again US and Canadian equivalent round-trip ticket
- Return to the fold
Come back to a group after an absence, as in Matthew taught for a number of years, but now he’s returned to the fold as vice-president of the firm. This term employs fold in the sense of “an enclosure for sheep,” which has been used figuratively since the first half of the 1300s.
- Return to zero
communications A class of encoding methods for physical circuits in which the carrier (current, voltage) returns to zero after each transmitted bit, i.e. the data is carried in pulse width or polarity, not in the level of the signal. Contrast NRZ. (1995-11-11)