get your own back

get your own back
get (your) own back to do something unpleasant to someone because they have done something unpleasant to you.

Fiona had deliberately stopped me getting that job and I was determined to get my own back.

She got her own back on her unfaithful husband by throwing a pot of red paint over his brand new car.

(often + on)

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  • get your own back (on somebody) — get your ˈown back (on sb) idiom (informal) to do sth to sb in return for harm they have done to you; to get ↑revenge • I ll get my own back on him one day, I swear! Main entry: ↑ownidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • get your own back — British informal to do something bad to someone because they did something bad to you He was bitter, determined to get his own back …   English dictionary

  • get own back — get (your) own back to do something unpleasant to someone because they have done something unpleasant to you. Fiona had deliberately stopped me getting that job and I was determined to get my own back. She got her own back on her unfaithful… …   New idioms dictionary

  • own — own1 W1S1 [əun US oun] adj, pron [always after a possessive] 1.) used to emphasize that something belongs to or is connected with a particular person or thing and not any other ▪ Bring your own equipment. ▪ Every dance has its own rhythm. ▪ The… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • own — 1 determiner, pronoun 1 belonging to you and no one else: your own house/car etc: He was so drunk he even forgot his own name. | He tells people how to bring up their children but is so lenient with his own. | a house/car etc of your own: He left …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • own — own1 [ əun ] function word *** Own can be used in the following ways: as an adjective (after a possessive word and followed by a noun): We grow our own vegetables. It s the president s own fault. as a pronoun (after a possessive word but without… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • own — [[t]o͟ʊn[/t]] ♦ owns, owning, owned 1) ADJ: poss ADJ You use own to indicate that something belongs to a particular person or thing. My wife decided I should have my own shop. ...another group of patients who were taught to change their own… …   English dictionary

  • own*/*/*/ — [əʊn] grammar word I summary: Own can be: ■ an adjective: We grow our own vegetables. ■ a pronoun: Her sister s house is bigger than her own. 1) belonging to a particular person or thing and not to any other You are free to do what you like in… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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