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.
Summary: Rohtas (Bihar) [India] April 22 (ANI): Angry over not getting even the production cost of their produce, a group of farmers destroyed their tomatoes here on Sunday.
The Toon have lost seven of their last eight, and against an Arsenal team that will pass them to death, we can't see Rafa preventing that statistic from getting even worse.
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.
But as the remaining couples take to the floor, it's getting even harder to impress the judges, Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.
IN the run-up to the election the nasty party is getting even nastier.
Beesley says the focus now turns to getting even better next term.
And their chances of finding employment are getting even worse despite the jobs market recovery.
Ms Soubry said: "It's fantastic that more than half of English adults are doing the recommended amount of physical activity, but I am shocked that more than a quarter are not getting even 30 minutes of exercise a week.''