revenge (oneself) (up)on (someone or something)

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revenge (oneself) (up)on (someone or something)

To retaliate against another for a wrong done to oneself; to seek or exact revenge against someone. Tiffany is always gossiping about me, so I revenged myself on her by starting a nasty rumor about her relationship with one of our teachers. I see the growth of this extremist movement as largely being citizens revenging themselves upon the established government, which they feel has betrayed or abandoned them.
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revenge oneself (up)on someone or something

to retaliate against someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) There is no need for you to revenge yourself upon Walter. It was an accident. She did not know how she would revenge herself on Joe, but she knew she would.
See also: on, revenge
References in classic literature ?
He had thought of a fine revenge upon the officer who had referred to him and his fellows as mule drivers.
But they are such only when they seek to gratify the passion of revenge upon their enemies; and I ask whether the mere eating of human flesh so very far exceeds in barbarity that custom which only a few years since was practised in enlightened England:--a convicted traitor, perhaps a man found guilty of honesty, patriotism, and suchlike heinous crimes, had his head lopped off with a huge axe, his bowels dragged cut and thrown into a fire; while his body, carved into four quarters, was with his head exposed upon pikes, and permitted to rot and fester among the public haunts of men!
Surely, thought I, all these terrible stories I have heard about the inveteracy with which they carried on the feud, their deadly intensity, of hatred and the diabolical malice with which they glutted their revenge upon the inanimate forms of the slain, are nothing more than fables, and I must confess that I experienced something like a sense of regret at having my hideous anticipations thus disappointed.
Tarzan's plan for immediate physical revenge upon the Russian vanished.
It assured him first of the competence which Lord Greystoke had promised to pay him for the deportation of the ape, and then of revenge upon his benefactor through the son he idolized.
The shy man does have some slight revenge upon society for the torture it inflicts upon him.
He had not slain Numa to save the Negro--he had merely done it in revenge upon the lion; but now that he saw the old man lying helpless and dying before him something akin to pity touched his savage heart.
On receiving intelligence of this event, Tamaahmaah had immediately tabooed all the canoes, and interdicted all intercourse with the ship, lest the captain should learn the fate of the schooner, and take his revenge upon the island.
He had been so long away that he did not know it again; moreover, Jove's daughter Minerva had made it a foggy day, so that people might not know of his having come, and that she might tell him everything without either his wife or his fellow citizens and friends recognising him {119} until he had taken his revenge upon the wicked suitors.
When Terkoz saw that it was Tarzan who pursued him, he jumped to the conclusion that this was Tarzan's woman, since they were of the same kind--white and hairless--and so he rejoiced at this opportunity for double revenge upon his hated enemy.
It was an act of defiant, but misguided, revenge upon those who he perceived had done him wrong in a long series of local property disputes.
It has been 47 years since East Pakistan was lost; it was four years since nearly 150 people, most of them bright, young children, were shot and killed by barbarians who were bent on taking revenge upon Pakistan.
When he was arrested by the British Government, Ameer Ali became an approver and gave a clue of Ganesha, taking his revenge upon him.
Ashley King told a murder jury that at the most he thought he'd cut Mr Atkinson's finger and he feared that the doorman would exact revenge upon him if he stayed behind at the Lockwood property.