get back at

[get back at] {v.}, {informal} To do something bad to (someone whohas done something bad to you) hurt in return.

John played a jokeon Henry, and next day Henry got back at him.

The elephant waitedmany years to get back at the man who fed him red pepper.

Syn.: PAYBACK, SETTLE A SCORE, TIT FOR TAT. Compare: GET AT(2), GET EVEN.