avenge (oneself)

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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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Later, she decides to avenge herself, only to end up accused of hijacking a plane.
She accepted to marry a man she was not in love with to avenge herself against the family of the man she loved, when they refused to accompany him to ask for her hand in marriage.
This Jane embraces her "wicked" side and isn't afraid to avenge herself against those who do her wrong.
However, when Marimar pretended to be another person, the sophisticated Bella Aldama, to avenge herself on the evil and cruel people who had killed her, the actress was less effective in terms of character delineation.
Veena Ashiya Chindlur kicked KR Suryaprakash on his face to avenge herself when the latter sexually harasses her on the streets.
An ageing movie actress resorts to murder to avenge herself on a vicious gossip columnist 1973 ***
To avenge herself, she strangulated Lakshya and threw his body in the water tank.
This deal enables her to stay alive, giving her a chance to avenge herself.
To avenge herself on him, the younger man's wife wounds him and leaves him to freeze in subzero weather.
Then there's Medea, who murdered her children to avenge herself on their father (can't remember what he had done but it must have been quite something), by Euripides.
Letitia Woodsley, for example, had found herself in prison for stealing a pair of trousers, and wished to avenge herself upon her accuser, "such that her hair be as heavy as lead and her bones as millstones, and she may be unable to eat or drink until she is exposed to the world as a liar.
But this was undermined by sheer grotesquerie, as when Lavinia was made to avenge herself and kill the sons of Tamora: after the brothers were bound and thrown into a pit, Lavinia, to whose stumps blades had been affixed in the manner of Edward Scissorhands, leapt in after them while red lights flashed onstage.
However, she is given a chance to avenge herself when a goddess in feline form breathes new life into her body, bestowing her with the strength and agility of a cat in the process.
Just another rock-and-roll road movie about a spurned transsexual pop-punk singer with an "angry inch" of maleness, trying to avenge herself on the rock superstar who stole her heart and her songs.
But obviously her concern for her sons has evaporated in white heat of her rage and determination to avenge herself on their father.