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get (or be) even

Definition of get or be even in English:

informal Inflict similar trouble or harm on someone to that which they have inflicted on oneself: I’ll get even with you for this
More example sentences
  • All my life I have been taught to curb the instinct to get even and that revenge only begets more revenge.
Synonyms
have one's revenge, take one's revenge, be revenged, revenge oneself, avenge oneself, take vengeance, even the score, settle accounts, settle the score, hit back, give as good as one gets, return tit for tat, return like for like, pay someone back, repay someone, reciprocate, retaliate, take reprisals, exact retribution, demand an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth;
give someone their just deserts, let someone see how it feels
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