bite back

Definition of bite back


  1. 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. 2 :  to stop oneself from saying (something) <I attempted to smile sweetly while biting back angry comments.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to seize especially with teeth or jaws so as to enter, grip, or wound

    :  to wound, pierce, or sting especially with a fang or a proboscis

    :  to cut or pierce with or as if with an edged weapon

  1. :  the act of biting

    :  the manner of biting

    :  occlusion

  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 :  formed deep within the mouth

  1. :  to support by material or moral assistance

    :  substantiate

    :  to assume financial responsibility for

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