get back at (someone)

idiom

informal
: to do something bad or unpleasant to (someone who has treated one badly or unfairly)
After he lost his job, he vowed that he would find a way to get back at his old boss.

Examples of get back at (someone) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s some self-awareness — when Jaheim begins flirting with Rupert’s girlfriend Florence (Rosie Graham) to get back at his tormenter, Florence immediately recognizes and comments on his motivations — but not so much that Boarders ever risks collapsing in on itself. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 8 Mar. 2024 As Beane explains to his team, the two acted as card counters who were ready to get back at the casino — or teams with astronomical budgets and star power. Derek Scancarelli, EW.com, 18 Dec. 2023 According to Roth, the younger Van Halen threw a woman — whom Wolfgang thought was Roth's girlfriend but was actually an accountant in charge of payroll for the tour — out of two concerts to get back at him for it. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 His lawyers also argued that Jabbari fabricated the allegations to get back at Majors after their breakup. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 8 Jan. 2024 The defense also argued that Jabbari fabricated the allegations to get back at Majors after their breakup. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 18 Dec. 2023 The small incident balloons into a chase, then builds into an obsession for each party to get back at the other: the out-of-work handyman and his late-model Toyota Tacoma versus the wealthy entrepreneur in her shiny new Mercedes SUV. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2023 Now Abbott is threatening to use his veto power to get back at Patrick and the Senate for refusing to pass the governor’s preferred tax plan, the Republican lieutenant governor said. Philip Jankowski, Dallas News, 15 June 2023 The first of those days off is Sunday, a day the Dodgers might have wanted a chance to quickly get back at it and put their Game 1 failures behind them. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2023

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“Get back at (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/get%20back%20at%20%28someone%29. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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