bite back

phrasal verb
bit back; bitten back also bit back; biting back; bites back

Definition of bite back

informal
1 : to attack or criticize someone after being attacked or criticized by them Weary of her rival's accusations, the candidate bit back with an aggressive ad campaign. often + at She bit back at her rival with an aggressive ad campaign.
2 : to stop oneself from saying (something) I attempted to smile sweetly while biting back angry comments.

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