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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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If you cannot make the signings, you can purchase a copy of The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen at Fiction Addiction, Mr.
Still, while many have played avenging angels, vengeance has been the bread and butter of two American filmmakers: Clint Eastwood and Mel Gibson.
Bando's work offers insight into these questions as Avenging Eagles takes the reader through the uncertain and chaotic beginnings of the division, its training, and eventual first exposure to combat operations: Normandy.
Only seemingly, because nuance and ambiguity creep in anyway, as the avenging loyalists incarnated by Jimmy Wang Yu (The One-Armed Swordsman [1966]) and Ti Lung (The Blood Brothers [1973]) become increasingly nihilistic and conflicted, and even David Chiang, the impishly smiling, sometimes lute-strumming hero of so many films, acquires intimations of a psychopathic edge.
Things then go from bad to worse for the avenging officer when Laura (Melanie Kilburn) -previously one of his allies on the Cole Lane Estate -turns up at Sun Hill demanding to speak to CID.
Shrinking heads, or making tsantsa, an ancient practice associated mostly with the Jivaro tribe of South America, was believed to keep away avenging spirits.
It was 28-year-old Williams' 23rd victory from 24-fights, and his 20th stoppage, avenging the bruising points defeat by Francis at the Albert Hall back in April 1999.
He is introduced at opening curtain with the wings of an avenging angel, and appears throughout the four acts in various guises as the principal engine of the unfolding plot.
In avenging the death of his son, Hieronimo symbolically triumphs over these enemies of Christ and even turns their weapons against them, as when he, like Nero, kills his enemies when they are acting in a play.
International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Froch, added Kessler's World Boxing Association (WBA) title to his collection after winning on points, thereby avenging the loss to Kessler in April 2010, which was the first defeat of his career, The Sun reports.
And if that isn't enough, there's a disabled Batman forced to pass his gauntlet to a new and even darker hero, Azrael, the Avenging Angel, along with a rookie Robin.
"Put it this way, we'll be going into Saturday's game intent on avenging the fact that we lost on Monday.
What edification comes from an "avenging angel" when I have a resurrected God--except to inflame, and thereby distort, Jesus' message?
Finally, a haggard seafarer, perhaps the ghost of the boy, his avenging father, or maybe the boy-as-man, stands on a peg leg beside three decapitated canines.
While presiding over a meeting of the Taliban Shura at an undisclosed location of the Miranshah tribal agency, Taliban head in North Waziristan Hafiz Gul Bahadur directed his men to prepare for "avenging the killing of innocent Waziris slain in unjustified and repeated attacks by the CIA-operated US drones", reported The News.