retaliate against

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 The senator asserted his intention to have the controversial legislation repealed.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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There have since been debates and TV talk-shows on this and on the options open to Hizbullah now that both Tehran and Damascus have indicated they will not retaliate against Israel.
The men claimed that the FBI used the No Fly List to punish and retaliate against Plaintiffs for exercising their constitutional rights.
NEW DELHI, Oct 21 (KUNA) -- Indian Border Security Force (BSF) instructed troops to strongly retaliate against ceasefire violations allegedly committed by Pakistani forces, government sources revealed Monday.
The company continues to retaliate against employees for reporting work-related injuries, and these actions have effectively created a chilling effect in the railroad industry," OSHA said in a statement.
India reserves its right to retaliate against Pakistan at time and place of its choice.
Seoul, June 11 (BNA) - South Korea's military warned Monday it would immediately retaliate against North Korea's "core command forces" for any attack, after a series of threats from the communist state.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator blasted Saudi Arabia for fingerprinting the Iranian nationals, including football players of Tehran's popular soccer team Persepolis, and urged the Tehran government to retaliate against Riyadh.
Ahmadi-nejad said, "We reserve our right to retaliate against any error on the part of the U.
In August, the WTO set out terms for Brazil to retaliate against the U.
CONCERNING Tony Flatley's letter on Israel's right to retaliate against rocket attacks (January 26), it doesn't need a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
When the Washington Post reports Murdoch's going to use the New York Post to retaliate against me, and a couple of hours later the New York Post retaliates against me using made-up hogwash about my friends .
Employers also are liable when they retaliate against employees for exposing their company's violations of law or for exercising their rights under the law.
But it has also resulted in increasing civil and criminal penalties for organizations that retaliate against employees blowing the whistle in other areas--such as sexual harassment, discrimination, environmental problems, drug abuse and information technology abuse.
The school board maintains that it didn't retaliate against Jackson and contends he has no case under Title IX.