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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 The senator asserted his intention to have the controversial legislation repealed.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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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borders closed, but Mexico retaliated by closing its borders to U.S.
What's more, the inmates say that prison officials retaliated against them when they blew the whistle on what they claim was corruption at the plant.
retaliated by slapping stiff tariffs on cheese, a major French export.
Police retaliated and have launched a search operation in the area.
Hama, Idleb, SANA -- Army units retaliated against terrorists' attacks on military posts in the countryside of Hama and Idleb provinces.
Beijing retaliated with its own fresh tariffs on $16 billion worth of additional imports from the U.S.
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The police retaliated and shot dead two attackers, while accomplices fled the scene.
Hezbollah retaliated and attacked an Israeli force in the occupied Shebaa Farms killing two Israeli soldiers and injuring seven others.