fight back

phrasal verb
fought back; fighting back; fights back

Definition of fight back

1 : to attack or try to defeat someone who is attacking or trying to defeat oneself We can't just let them make these accusations against us. We need to fight back!
2 : to make a new effort against an opponent They fell behind early in the game, but they were able to fight back and tie the score in the second half.

Learn More About fight back

Dictionary Entries Near fight back

fight a losing battle

fight back

fight back tears

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for fight back

Cite this Entry

“Fight back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on fight back

Nglish: Translation of fight back for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!