bite back

1) PHRASAL VERB If you bite back a feeling or something that you were going to say, you stop yourself from expressing it. [LITERARY]

[V P n (not pron)] Susan bit back the words she would like to have said...

[V n P] A scream rose to her lips again. She had to bite it back.

2) PHRASAL VERB If a person or a group of people who have been defeated, criticized, or insulted bite back, they respond strongly or angrily. [JOURNALISM]

[V P] He is quickly on the attack, biting back at the questioner until the original question is lost.


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