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don't get mad, get even

Channel your anger into revenge. When I heard that a co-worker had stolen my idea and presented it as his own, all I could think was, "Don't get mad, get even."
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get even

To exact revenge or do something that one perceives as equalizing prior mistreatment. This prank may seem elaborate, but I need to get even with my brother for dumping a bucket of water on me the other day. Sheila swore that she would get even with me after she figured out that I had started the rumor about her. The best way to get even with the jerks from high school is to become successful.
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don't get mad, get even

If someone says don't get mad, get even, they mean that if someone harms you, you should not waste your energy on being angry, but concentrate on harming them in return. Relationships here seem to work on a don't get mad, get even principle. So if I'm late by ten minutes for an appointment to meet you, the next time we meet you are late by the same number of minutes, and so on. Note: This expression is believed to have come from the strong-willed Irish-American politician Joseph P Kennedy, father of John F Kennedy. A book by Alan Abel with this title, described as `a manual for retaliation', was published in 1983.
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get even

COMMON If you get even with someone who has hurt or insulted you, you get your revenge on them. He is so furious about their treatment of him that he's determined to get even. He'd leapt at this chance to get even with the guy who had taken his money.
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don't get mad, get even

used to advise in favour of revenge rather than fruitless rage. informal
This expression was a saying popularized by the US president John F. Kennedy , who called it ‘that wonderful law of the Boston Irish political jungle’.
1998 New Scientist The Wellcome Trust doesn't get mad, it gets even.
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Don't Get Mad, sixth in the Santa Anita Derby, faces (from the rail out) Big Top Cat, Miracle Man, Vicarage, Ultimate, Santana Strings, Gallardo and Crimson Stag in the 1-mile Derby Trial on opening day at Churchill Downs.
Possibilities for the Santa Anita Derby include Sweet Catomine, Scipion, Giacomo, Don't Get Mad and Wilko.
Now, Ellis thinks Don't Get Mad is appropriate for a different reason, the trainer having spent the past week cursing his bad luck.
Don't Get Mad - who will get a big test in the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday - became Ellis' Kentucky Derby hope after 2-year-old champion Declan's Moon was sidelined by a knee injury.
They're different horses with different styles,'' Ellis said Thursday morning of Declan's Moon, who has gone undefeated in five starts by racing close to the early pace, and Don't Get Mad, who has won twice in three tries by storming from behind.
Ellis, a Glendale native and Monroe High of North Hills graduate, said he doesn't expect Don't Get Mad and jockey Tyler Baze to fall as far behind in the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe as they did in the 7-furlong San Vicente Stakes.
13, Don't Get Mad was running last in the four-horse field, six lengths off the pace, before kicking home to finish second by a length to front-running Fusaichi Rock Star.
Bought at a Florida 2-year-olds sale for $350,000, Don't Get Mad began racing in Kentucky, which saved Hughes a California tax hit.