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retaliate against (someone or something)

To take retributory action in response to the actions of someone or something with the aim of returning the injury, harm, or wrong in kind. She retaliated against the bully by having her older brother's friends go and beat him up. The senator asserted his intention to have the controversial legislation repealed.
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retaliate against someone or something

to take revenge against someone or something. The striking workers will retaliate against the company with a protest march. The students retaliated against the administration.
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Stressing that talks with Kashmir are important, the premier cautioned, "The situation should not get out of hand or Pakistan will have to retaliate."
He said: "If Indians believe that they can launch an attack on Pakistan, they should understand that Pakistan would not think, but retaliate immediately."
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However, if North Korea does retaliate, then the US reserves the right to, as Trump put it to the UN General Assembly,AaAeAeA "totally destroy Nor Korea".
Police have arrested one of the attackers who was injured when the locals opened fire to retaliate. Rescue teams reached the spot and shifted the injured persons to nearby hospital.
During the attack, Shakoor was present at the scene but he didn't retaliate.
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by Abasin Zaheer on 1 June, 2014 - 18:50 KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday once again insisted the government should give a firm response to Pakistani attacks and should not stay silent and instead retaliate. The periodic attacks involving artillery, rockets and missiles from Pakistan have been taking place over the past three years, hitting eastern provinces, especially Kunar.
Summary: The Israeli army launched an observation balloon Thursday morning to survey the area over the town of Metula, a week after Hezbollah vowed to retaliate for an Israeli air raid.
BAGHDAD/ Aswat al-Iraq: Parliament Speaker Usama Nujaifi denounced Israeli attack on Syrian targets, calling the Syrian regime to retaliate. In a statement by Parliament Media Department, copy received by Aswat al-Iraq, Nujaifi called the Arab countries to "have a unified stand against the Israeli aggression, for it occurred against the Arab people and Arab land, which matter is unacceptable according to UN Charter.
Turkey warns Syria again that it would not hesitate to retaliate for any strike on its soil as the country's top military commander visited troops stationed at the reinforced border.
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