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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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle

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