get\ even

get\ even
v informal
1. To owe nothing.

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

2. To do something bad 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 will get even.

Compare: get back at

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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