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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 The senator asserted his intention to have the controversial legislation repealed.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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It does not resolve how these operations can end up being perceived by potential retaliators. The UN itself has been moving toward an integrated model of operation on the ground.
"As Red (Auerbach) told me personally right when I came in, we need instigators, not retaliators. This kid is energetic.
and Russian second strike forces assuming an overall penetration capability for each side against opposed defenses of 40 percent (60 percent of the retaliators are intercepted or otherwise deflected away from their intended targets).
These include insurance policy rules, risk mitigation, public communication issues, reputation, and the higher risks that lone retaliators face, including ostracism, eviction, counterattack, and being dropped by insurers.
In another incident in Basundhara, four people - Dhan Bahadur Shrestha and Chandra Bahadur Karki and the retaliators - Dharmalal Shrestha and Karnaraj - sustained injuries in a clash between the locals and the Maoists.
The Mockingbird also aroused its retaliators who are trying to protect the Chinese identity and suspect the Mockingbird's cultural identity and ascription.
In addition to civil penalties, Sarbanes-Oxley threatens retaliators with criminal sanctions.
Positive reinforcement creates bullies; extinction produces eruptors; punishment creates retaliators; and negative reinforcement creates people who protect themselves by using violence (Loafman, 2001).
The Israelis have been for half a century the world's most skillful retaliators, but all it has brought them is angrier Arabs and more retaliation in return.
"Juries hate retaliators, so you usually get tagged with much bigger jury awards," Pasek said.
For example, retaliators may differ from whistle-blowers in their perceptions that the wrongdoing harmed the organization in some way and their perceptions could be more important than whistle-blowers in predicting retaliation.
Two Maoist demonstrators-Dhanbahadur Shrestha and Chandrabahadur Karki-and the retaliators Dharmalal Shrestha and Karnaraj who were injured in the clash have been undergoing treatment at Teaching Hospital and local hospitals respectively.
He said: "Retaliation doesn't solve anything because the retaliators will then become the next targets and the cycle goes on and on.
"I thought they were the aggressors and we were the retaliators all night."