getting even


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Noun1.getting even - a reciprocal group action; "in return we gave them as good as we got"
group action - action taken by a group of people
requital, payment - an act of requiting; returning in kind
retaliation, revenge - action taken in return for an injury or offense
reciprocation - the act of making or doing something in return
tit for tat - an equivalent given in return
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I believe it would result in getting even the bells of the Philadelphia hotels answered, and cheerful service rendered.
Well, of course I ain't going to tell old Dobbins on this little fool, because there's other ways of getting even on her, that ain't so mean; but what of it?
My schoolmates were none of them very interesting, but I somehow felt that, by Taking comrades of them, I was getting even with Antonia for her indifference.
The practice of perfect hypocrisy is a relief in itself, a secret triumph of the vilest sort, no doubt, but still a way of getting even with the common morality from which some of us appear to suffer so much.
The Odds of Getting Even tells of Mo and her best friend Dale, who have founded a detective agency and find themselves in a courtroom testifying against Dale's kidnapper father Macon.
Beesley says the focus now turns to getting even better next term.
After more than two years away, the trio this week released free download Getting Even, which harks back to the big tunes on debut album To Lose My Life.
The BHF would like to smash last year's record of 1,000 Santas by getting even more people to take part - and in doing so to have fun, get fit and save lives.
Summary: Rod Stewart's enormous clan is getting even bigger.
HIGH-strength lager Stella Artois is getting even more potent.
Watches are getting even bigger for men and women, Elzey said as he revealed a massive gold face with a diamond rim.
But, as Evelyn Murphy argues in Getting Even, Title VII did only part of the job.