hit back

1) PHRASAL VERB If you hit back when someone hits you, or hit them back, you hit them in return.

[V P] Some violent men beat up their sons, until the boys are strong enough to hit back...

[V n P] If somebody hit me, I'd hit him back.

2) PHRASAL VERB If you hit back at someone who has criticized or harmed you, you criticize or harm them in return. [JOURNALISM]

[V P at n] The President has hit back at those who have criticised his economic reforms...

[V P] British Rail immediately hit back with their own cheap fares scheme.


English dictionary. 2008.

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