hit back

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hit back

informal
: to attack or criticize someone after being attacked or criticized by them
  • Weary of her rival's accusations, the candidate hit back with an aggressive ad campaign.
  • The team hit back with a touchdown of their own.
often + at
  • The Senator hit back at his critics.

Word by Word Definitions

hit play
  1. : to reach with or as if with a sudden blow

  2. : to come in quick forceful contact with

  3. : to strike (something, such as a ball) with an object (such as a bat, club, or racket) so as to impart or redirect motion

  1. : an act or instance of striking or forcefully coming in contact with someone or something : an act or instance of hitting or being hit

  2. : a stroke of luck

  3. : a great success

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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