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strike back

Definition of strike back

  1. :  to try to hurt someone who has hurt one or treated one badly <When he called her lazy, she immediately struck back by calling him fat.> —often + at <He angrily struck back at his critics.>



Word by Word Definitions

strikeplay
  1. :  to take a course :  go

    :  to aim and usually deliver a blow, stroke, or thrust (as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool)

    :  to arrive with detrimental effect

  1. :  a tool for smoothing a surface (as of a mold)

    :  an act or instance of striking

    :  a work stoppage by a body of workers to enforce compliance with demands made on an employer

backplay
  1. :  the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

    :  the body considered as the wearer of clothes

    :  capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. :  to, toward, or at the rear

    :  in or into the past :  backward in time

    :  ago

  1. :  being at or in the back

    :  distant from a central or main area

    :  articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage

  1. :  to support by material or moral assistance

    :  substantiate

    :  to assume financial responsibility for


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