bite back

phrasal verb

bit back; bitten back also bit back; biting back; bites back
: 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.
: to stop oneself from saying (something)
I attempted to smile sweetly while biting back angry comments.

Examples of bite back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Layoffs bite back Mass redundancies have hardly been rare since the COVID-19 pandemic, as companies seek to cut costs. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 7 May 2024 Drake responds to Kendrick Lamar's grooming diss track lyrics In his latest diss track, Drake bites back at Lamar's lyrical allegations of grooming and pedophilia. Pamela Avila, USA TODAY, 6 May 2024 Edward Segarra Everybody’s a critic, but Sydney Sweeney is biting back. USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2024 Meloni government bites back Italy’s government, led by the right-wing Brothers of Italy party and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, has gotten into plenty of cultural scrapes since taking power in October 2022. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 17 Apr. 2024 Team Biden bites back at report's claims The White House, Biden campaign and Democrats at-large have been very protective of the president when questions about his health arise. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2024 CEOs bite back There has been a clear sea change in the debate about where people work. Ryan Hogg, Fortune, 28 Oct. 2023 After López-Alt’s critical Instagram story, Portnoy bit back during a One Bite review. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023

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“Bite back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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