fight 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.

Word by Word Definitions

fight play
  1. : to contend in battle or physical combat

  2. : to engage in boxing

  3. : to put forth a determined effort

  1. : a hostile encounter : battle, combat

  2. : a boxing match

  3. : a verbal disagreement : argument

back play
  1. : the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

  2. : the body considered as the wearer of clothes

  3. : capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. : to, toward, or at the rear

  2. : in or into the past : backward in time

  3. : to or at an angle off the vertical

  1. : being at or in the back

  2. : distant from a central or main area

  3. : articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage : formed deep within the mouth

  1. : to support by material or moral assistance

  2. : substantiate

  3. : to assume financial responsibility for


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