take revenge (against/on someone or something)

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)

 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.
See also: revenge, take