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get revenge

To retaliate (against a person, group, organization, etc.) for a wrong done to oneself; to seek or exact revenge (against someone or something). Tiffany is always gossiping about me, so I got revenge by starting a nasty rumor about her. Getting revenge will never give you a sense of peace or closure—you'll remain just as angry as before, and it will bring suffering to someone else along with you.
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get revenge against (someone or something)

To retaliate against a person, group, organization, etc., for a wrong done to oneself; to seek or exact revenge against someone or something. Tiffany is always gossiping about me, so I got revenge against her by starting a nasty rumor that she was sleeping with one of our teachers. The team is looking to get revenge against their cross-town rivals for knocking them out of the state playoffs last season.
See also: get, revenge

get revenge on (someone or something)

To retaliate against a person, group, organization, etc., for a wrong done to oneself; to seek or exact vengeance against someone or something. Tiffany is always gossiping about me, so I got revenge on her by starting a nasty rumor that she was sleeping with one of our teachers. The team is looking to get revenge on their cross-town rivals for knocking them out of the state playoffs last season.
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Montezuma's revenge

slang Diarrhea, especially that which is contracted from food poisoning. Usually refers to tourists traveling in Mexico (Montezuma II was the emperor of Mexico in the beginning of the 1500s) who lack immunity to bacteria that can be transferred via food and local drinking water. The best way to avoid Montezuma's revenge is to drink bottled water.
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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 is a dish best eaten cold.

Revenge that takes place far in the future, after the offending party has forgotten how they wronged someone, is much more satisfying. I never forgot the way he bullied and humiliated me in high school, but I chose to bide my time. Ten years later, my global corporation bought his family's puny company and exploited it for everything it was worth, leaving him penniless. It's true what they say—revenge is a dish best eaten cold.
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Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Revenge that takes place far in the future, after the offending party has forgotten how they wronged someone, is much more satisfying. I never forgot the way he bullied and humiliated me in high school, but I chose to bide my time. Ten years later, my global corporation bought his family's puny company exploited it for everything it was worth, leaving him penniless. It's true what they say—revenge is a dish best served cold.
See also: dish, revenge, serve

revenge is sweet

Revenge is a potent source of satisfaction and pleasure. John had been bullying and humiliating us for the entire year, so a group of about 20 or so kids got together to peg him with dozens of rotten eggs at the senior prom. Revenge is sweet. Revenge was sweet for the team on Saturday, as they defeated their cross-town rivals for the first time in 10 years. He tormented me for being such a bookworm throughout high school. Now, I run a multi-billion-dollar company while he flips burgers at a fast food restaurant. Revenge is sweet, sometimes.
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seek revenge (against/on someone or something)

To attempt or intend to retaliate (against someone else) for a wrong done to oneself. Tiffany is always gossiping about me, so I sought revenge 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 seeking revenge against the established government, which they feel has betrayed or abandoned them. Seeking revenge will never give you a sense of peace or closure—you'll remain just as angry as before, and it will bring suffering to someone else along with you.
See also: on, revenge, seek, someone

take revenge (against/on someone or something)

To retaliate (against someone else) for a wrong done to oneself; to seek or exact revenge (against someone). Tiffany is always gossiping about me, so I took revenge 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 taking revenge against the established government, which they feel has betrayed or abandoned them. Taking revenge will never give you a sense of peace or closure—you'll remain just as angry as before, and it will bring suffering to someone else along with you.
See also: on, revenge, someone, take

take revenge against (someone or something) for (something)

To retaliate against a person, group, organization, etc., for a wrong done to oneself; to seek or exact vengeance against someone or something for some reason. I took revenge against Tiffany for her gossiping about me by starting a nasty rumor about her relationship with one of our teachers. The team is looking to take revenge against their cross-town rivals for knocking them out of the state playoffs last season.
See also: revenge, take

take revenge for (something)

To retaliate (against someone) for a wrong done to oneself; to seek or exact vengeance for some reason. Taking revenge for what they've done will never give you a sense of peace or closure. You'll still be just as angry as before, and someone else will end up suffering along with you.
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take revenge on (someone or something) for (something)

To retaliate against a person, group, organization, etc., for a wrong done to oneself; to seek or exact vengeance against someone or something for some reason. I took revenge on Tiffany for gossiping about me by starting a rumor that she was sleeping with one of our teachers. The team is looking to take revenge on their cross-town rivals for knocking them out of the state playoffs last season.
See also: on, revenge, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Prov. It is very satisfying to get revenge a long time after the event for which you want revenge. I don't mind waiting to get revenge on Greg; I'll wait ten years if I have to. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
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Revenge is sweet.

Prov. It is very pleasurable to revenge yourself on someone. Jill: Remember when Tom left me for another woman? Well, she just left him, and he asked me out on a date. I told him I had better things to do. Jane: Revenge is sweet, huh?
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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

seek revenge

(against someone) Go to take revenge (against someone).
See also: revenge, seek

take revenge (against someone)

 and seek revenge (against someone); get revenge against someone; take revenge (on someone) (for something)
to get even with someone. Linda planned to take revenge against Ellen. I intend to take revenge on Paul for what he did. I will not seek revenge.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

revenge is a dish best served (or eaten) cold

vengeance is often more satisfying if it is not exacted immediately. proverb
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

Montezuma’s revenge

(mɑntəˈzuməz rɪˈvɛndʒ)
n. diarrhea; tourist diarrhea. (Refers to tourists in Mexico.) I had a little touch of Montezuma’s revenge the second day, but other than that we had a wonderful time.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Montezuma's revenge

Traveler’s diarrhea, contracted by travelers in Mexico but elsewhere as well. The expression alludes to Montezuma, the last Aztec emperor. and dates from the mid-1900s. Tennessee Williams used it in The Night of the Iguana, as have many other writers. Another name for the condition is Aztec two-step, but that has not become widespread.
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revenge is sweet

Retaliation is wonderfully satisfying. Occasionally put as vengeance is sweet, this observation was made by the ancients, from Homer in the Iliad to Juvenal in his Satires. In English it was voiced by Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and countless others. Here is a misogynist version by Byron (Don Juan, 1819–24): “Sweet is revenge—especially to women.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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