reprisal noun

ADJ. bloody, savage

VERB + REPRISAL take The gang threatened to take reprisals against them. | threaten (sb with) | suffer She tried to persuade the soldiers that they would not suffer reprisals if they surrendered. | expect, fear

REPRISAL + NOUN attack, raid

PREP. in ~ for A dozen hostages were shot in reprisal for the killing of an army officer. | ~ against reprisals against witnesses for the evidence they have given | ~ from reprisals from angry fans

PHRASES fear of reprisals