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avenge (oneself)

To retaliate against another for a wrong done to oneself; to get revenge. Tiffany is always gossiping about me, so I avenged myself by starting a rumor about her. How do you plan to avenge yourself for their act of sabotage?
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avenge oneself (on someone or something) (for something)

 and avenge oneself (against someone or something) (for something)
to get even with, or take revenge against someone or something for some hurt or damage. They avenged themselves on the enemy for the surprise attack. He avenged himself against the storekeeper for the false charges. Mary avenged herself for her ex-husband's neglect to pay child support. Tom avenged himself on Bill for Bill's previous insults.
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He said they were of the view that some men in the force had sent the letter on behalf of anonymous women for attention and action, to avenge officers who had transferred them to other places or wings.
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LAHORE -- Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri vowing to avenge the death of his supporters said he will stay in Pakistan till corruption ends, and justice is served.
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