get even

[get even] {v.}, {informal} 1. To owe nothing.

Mr. Johnson has alot of debts, but in a few years he will get even.

2. To do somethingbad to pay someone back for something bad; get revenge; hurt back.

Jack is waiting to get even with Bill for tearing up his notebook.

Last April First Mr. Harris got fooled by Joe, and this year he willget even.

Compare: GET BACK AT.