take revenge

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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.
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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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Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay.
Let us not usurp the exclusive divine prerogative of God to take revenge on those who wronged us.
NAUDERO, June 22 -- President Asif Ali Zardari Monday said that Pakistan People's Party will not take revenge for the murder of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.
PSYCHOLOGIST Dr Prem Misra said there was clear evidence that women are more likely than men to want to take revenge.
Three days ago when PTI decided to sit in Parliament after many months of protests, Khawaja Asif used very harsh language for them, to which Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that they will take revenge from the Defence Minister.
He announced that blood of workers will not go waste and people will take revenge in this respect.