Etymology
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get back (v.)

c. 1600 (intransitive) "to return;" 1808 (transitive) "to recover (something);" from get (v.) + back.(adv.). Meaning "retaliate" is attested by 1888.

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Definitions of get back

get back (v.)
recover something or somebody that appeared to be lost;
Synonyms: win back
get back (v.)
take revenge or even out a score;
Synonyms: get even
get back (v.)
get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury;
Synonyms: settle
From wordnet.princeton.edu