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bite back

1. To stop oneself from saying something that is potentially inappropriate, hurtful, or offensive. I had to bite back a snarky comment as my sister gushed about her new boyfriend.
2. To retaliate against a verbal attack. I wouldn't talk badly about Tiffany, if I were you—she bites back. I mean, you heard the vicious rumor she started about the girl who stole her boyfriend!
3. To retaliate by biting, as by an animal. The dog lunged at the cat, and the cat bit back.
See also: back, bite

bite back

 (at someone or something)
1. Lit. to defend an attack by biting at someone or something. (Usually an animal.) I threatened the dog and the dog bit back.
2. Fig. to fight back at someone; to return someone's anger or attack; to speak back to someone with anger. She is usually tolerant, but she will bite back if pressed. Yes, she will bite back.
See also: back, bite
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"We're hoping to spread the word over the coming few weeks, and the Give A Bit Back website will shortly carry all the details," he added.
I really do think we've got the bit back between our teeth now after the dip that we've had, confidence is right back up again and we know we've got a chance.
Sales manager Eleanor Sumner, aged 22, said: "We chose to raise money for Baby Lifeline as a few of the staff have been helped by the charity and they wanted to give a bit back."
The Tiger bit back with a vengeance at the Royal Troon course which tried to tame him yesterday.
Follow Johnson's progress on Facebook at the Give A Bit Back page, and read his blogs on www.racingpost.com.
"He likes to take the Mickey as much as anyone so he is getting a bit back."
I don''t hold much hope, but if by some miracle this scheme to turn the centre of our town into Destination Kirkby, the place for shoppers and browsers to visit from as far away as Bolton and Blackburn, does get kicked out, will they be putting it back the way it was so the voles can return home and we can have our green bit back instead of cement?
"We are looking to do things throughout the year to give a little bit back, to support people who supported us."
Now they plan to get a bit back with Music: The Best Of The Beta Band, a double CD featuring highlights from their four albums - The Three EPs, The Beta Band, Hot Shots II and Heroes To Zeros There's also a live recording of their final show at the Empire in Shepherd's Bush, London.
JUST seven days ago, Ulster were celebrating pulling off one of the biggest shock in Europe for years with their 33-0 thrashing of Leicester..yesterday Martin Johnson's Tigers bit back.
Technician Marjorie Preston said: "The carers' day is a way for the hair, beauty and therapies department to give a bit back to the community."
The 46-year-old is bidding to raise pounds 100,000 for the Retired Greyhound Trust and Help for Heroes by covering some 850 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End in his Give a Bit Back challenge.
WE NOW know that Strictly Come Dancing's sex bomb Austin Healey bit back at male pattern baldness at the Advanced Hair Studio in London.
``But Stan decided to give a little bit back asking them where their open-top bus was to pick them up for their tour of the city to celebrate their scrappy, one goal win.