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get even (with someone)

To exact revenge or take retaliatory action (against someone) as a means of equalizing some 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. After Sheila figured out that Tammy was the one who had started the rumor about her, she swore that she would get even. No one criticizes the boss, as we're all afraid he may fire us just to get even.
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get (or be) even with

inflict similar trouble or harm on someone as they have inflicted on you. informal
See also: even, get
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be/get ˈeven with somebody

(informal) cause somebody the same amount of trouble or harm as they have caused you: I’ll get even with him some day for making those nasty comments about me.
See also: even, get, somebody
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