hit back

phrasal verb
hit back; hitting back; hits back

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 + atThe Senator hit back at his critics.

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“Hit back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit%20back. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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