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English verb: get back

1. get back (competition) recover something or somebody that appeared to be lost


SamplesWe got back the money after we threatened to sue the company.
He got back his son from the kidnappers.


Synonymswin back


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

2. get back (competition) take revenge or even out a score


SamplesI cannot accept the defeat--I want to get even.


Synonymsget even


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)avenge, retaliate, revenge


Narrower (hyponym)fix, get, pay back, pay off

3. get back (competition) get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury


SamplesI finally settled with my old enemy.


Synonymssettle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle









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