strike back

phrasal verb

struck back; struck back also stricken back; striking back; strikes back
: to try to hurt someone who has hurt one or treated one badly
When he called her lazy, she immediately struck back by calling him fat.
often + at
He angrily struck back at his critics.

Examples of strike back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Orcas strike back:Sinking another yacht in Europe after 45-minute attack More about ice in the region The ice that surrounds the coast of Hokkaido is the lowest latitude sea ice in the world, NHK reports. Emilee Coblentz, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 The United States, Britain and their allies have been striking back against Houthi positions. Peter Eavis, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2024 But slow-growth supporters struck back in the 2021 election and solidified their power in 2023. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2024 Any government would have struck back, and Hamas maximized the suffering of civilians by using them as human shields. Nicholas Kristof, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 But in August, Ukraine struck back and hit a Russian oil tanker near the Russian port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea’s eastern coast, threatening Russian oil exports. Trudy Rubin, Twin Cities, 4 Feb. 2024 Communication failed, Dmytro said, and the pair could not contact their mortar team to strike back. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2024 Despite constant pressure from the 49ers’ defense, the Chiefs had a chance to strike back, with Patrick Mahomes scrambling and slinging a 52-yard pass to Mecole Hardman Jr. Brett Knight, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 The United States should, instead, have cut to the chase and immediately struck back. Noam Raydan, Foreign Affairs, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'strike back.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near strike back

Cite this Entry

“Strike back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!