Definition of get back at in US English:

get back at

phrasal verb

  • Take revenge on (someone)

    ‘I wanted to get back at them for what they did’
    • ‘I just sit there and jot down all of the people whom you are getting back at.’
    • ‘Before, he had come here for revenge; to get back at those who had destroyed his life.’
    • ‘He gives me an evil look like he's cooking up a revenge plan to get back at me.’
    • ‘Ryan told me he saw that kid, Will, coming down the hall that I was trying to get back at.’
    • ‘He has spent most of the season getting back at all the teams that laughed at him last year.’
    • ‘He signed away all claims to Doris's fortune but got back at her exactly where it hurt.’
    • ‘When he has the orbs, he finally has the ability to get back at all the people he thinks harmed him, and is just completely driven by hate.’
    • ‘It was his way of getting back at all those people who hurt him so much after all those years.’
    • ‘After all I'd done for them I was obsessed with getting back at them.’
    • ‘I won't say it was revenge exactly, but it was almost like a way of getting back at all the misleading books that had sent me down blind alleys over Shakespeare.’
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    take revenge on, be revenged on, exact revenge on, wreak revenge on, get one's revenge on, avenge oneself on, take vengeance on, get even with, settle a score with, settle the score with, pay back, pay out, retaliate against, retaliate on, take reprisals against, exact retribution on, let someone see how it feels, give someone their just deserts, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicine, give as good as one gets
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