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.
See also: revenge
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"You ran back to your caravan and you armed yourself with the knife in order to revenge yourself upon Mr Webb who had dared stand up to you.
"You then ran to your caravan and armed yourself with the knife to revenge yourself upon Mr Webb who had dared stand up to you.