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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Judge Peter Bowers, pictured, told him: "Under the influence of alcohol you embarked upon a spree to avenge yourself on your ex-wife and her presumed new partner.
Pushed from a window and broken by the fall, you spend years in combat training to avenge yourself, which is where the fun begins.
But you must not use excessive and gratuitous force to avenge yourself. You are protecting your person, your family and your property, not setting yourself up as judge, jury and executioner.
a culture which socialized its children in such a way as to make them constantly dubious about their own process of socialization." Apparently he never saw T-shirts marked because I'm the mommy, that's why or bumper stickers reading avenge yourself: live long enough to be a burden on your children or watched The Simpsons, Beavis and Butt-head, The Cosby Show, Married...With Children, My So-Called Life, Clarissa Explains It All, Roseanne, Chevy Chases Vacation movies - or the entire oeuvre of Nick at Nite retro television (archetypal spot: "How to Be Like Donna Reed").