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.

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