hit back

phrasal verb

hit back; hitting back; hits 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.

Examples of hit back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Democratic leader was hitting back after Donalds made his controversial remarks Tuesday at a Black Republican outreach event in Philadelphia. Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News, 5 June 2024 Other Palestinians reacted by wanting more than ever to hit back at Israel. Nicholas Kristof, The Mercury News, 21 May 2024 Gantz and his supporters shrugged off these allegations but hit back by accusing the prime minister of treason. Aluf Benn, Foreign Affairs, 18 Apr. 2019 When these storms hit back to back, the devastation can be enormous. Craig E. Colten, Discover Magazine, 30 May 2024 Continue reading here… ‘TRYING TO SURVIVE’ - Kate Beckinsale hits back at critics calling her too ‘thin,' explains mystery hospitalization. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 28 May 2024 During Retton’s interview Wednesday in her Texas home with a sympathetic correspondent from Entertainment Tonight, the Olympic gymnast hit back at those who questioned why her four daughters needed to open the crowdsourcing fund. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 23 May 2024 Naturally, the hip-hopper hit back relentlessly on Instagram after the drop Sunday, with a handful of posts trolling King. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 14 May 2024 But these actions have also emboldened Russian cybercriminals to hit back at US critical infrastructure. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 10 May 2024

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“Hit back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit%20back. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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