take revenge (against/on someone or something)

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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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References in classic literature ?
The wilder capacity of the mountains is brought out especially in a weird story of a haunted girl, an episode well illustrating the writer's more imaginative psychological power; for, in spite of its quiet general tenour, the book has its adroitly managed elements of sensation-- witness the ghost, in which the average human susceptibility to supernatural terrors takes revenge on the sceptical Mr.
Keeping secret his real identity as a son born out of marriage to the late heir of Cheong-A Group, he takes revenge on those who killed his mother and little brother.
Lisa takes revenge on the interfering so-and-so by rounding up Zak's pigs and dumping them at Dale View.
THE SALVATION 15, 92mins In the 1870s Danish immigrant Jon (Mads Mikkelsen) takes revenge after his family suffer a horrific crime, but his actions lead to greater terror in the small town of Black Creek.
However, her birthday turns into a disaster when Eddie takes revenge.
The Quran clearly states that Allah takes revenge by using oppressors against others who have committed sins.
ISLAMABAD -- PPP central leader Syed Khurshid Shah has said PPP will not tolerate at all if PML-N government takes revenge under the cloak of accountability.
Derek attempts to make a few quid by muscling in on Ian's businesses, so Lucy takes revenge by spiking Alice's drink at a party - it's a decision she may live to regret.
She takes revenge on him, and tells Lenny everything is going to plan.
Becoming paranoid that she is uninteresting, she takes revenge on Rodney by ruining a business meeting, but when he throws the book away to prevent more trouble, Nicola is left in crisis, above.
'The Lady in the Long Black Veil Takes Revenge': When he snarled/his new demands,/I shut my eyes/like a child afraid/of midnight monsters.//He shoved me to the ground,/fell on me, so distracted/with fumbling at his britches,//he didn't notice/I'd grabbed a rock/and hit him with it,/again and again and again,/in a shrieking frenzy.//He collapsed, heavy/as a fallen armoire./Oh, it took Satan's own effort/to squirm free and bury him.//Now, worry wolfs my heart/his corpse will be discovered,/or that I didn't finish the brute,/or worst: his ghost will walk/with filthy, outstretched palms.
Donovan Hill's visceral montage 'brisbanemustburn' showed flames of aboriginal land burning apocalyptically lapping the Brisbane beachfront as nature finally takes revenge for historic abuses of ecology.
He takes revenge on her and the whole hockey rink, and in his rage at the world provokes Tommy into raping his ex-girlfriend in a jealous fit, acts that will change the future each boy had planned.
Ben Hur won 11 Oscars for its tale of a Jewish prince in the time of Christ who is condemned to be a galley slave, but takes revenge on a childhood friend who becomes a Roman governor.
So how can a woman who takes revenge on her perceived enemies by mailing her turds to them, pass comment on another's ugliness?