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    get even with somebody

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Iíll get even with himĒ muttered Bonamy, for he loved that contemptible little yap-cur.

    get/be even with somebody = to punish someone who did something to you

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: get even with somebody

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    In my opinion it could be punishing, but let's say someone did something good to you.
    So I think it depends on what the other person did.
    He did something good -> you do the same -> you're even.
    He did something bad -> you do the same -> you're even.

    But who knows, maybe it's a specific expression that only means one thing...

    Let's see what the others will say.



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