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clap back

1. verb To respond to an insult or criticism, sometimes in a vengeful manner. She calmly clapped back at critics by asserting that her weight is none of their business. I'm not proud of it, but I did clap back at the girl who stole my boyfriend by starting a vicious rumor about her.
2. noun A response to an insult or criticism, sometimes in a vengeful manner. I'm not great at the clap back because I get easily flustered by criticism. Her clap back was a vicious rumor targeting the girl that stole her boyfriend.
See also: back, clap
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Clapping back at trollers, Zareen posted lyrics from Paul Weller's motivational song Wild Wood.
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Senatorial candidate Gary Alejano has countered President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against him, clapping back that he argues with basis and supplements them with action unlike the Chief Executive.
Mr Meli's family applauded in the public gallery and Smyth responded by turning round and clapping back.
"I scored the try, I heard people chanting my name so I was clapping back and I showed them the heart with my hands.
Stoke fans showed their appreciation for Pulis just before kick-off as they gave him a warm reception as he emerged from the tunnel, with the 58-year-old clapping back and waving to all sides of the ground.
Tom Bradshaw | "The fans were entitled to sing what they want, which made me laugh, but at the end the majority were clapping, and I was clapping back, because I have always had a good relationship with the Shrewsbury fans."
The makeup artist appeared to be on friendly terms with Kylie Jenner in August 2018 where she wished the star a 21st birthday and clapping back at haters.
This time, the actor is clapping back for the accuser's claim that she was forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to their physical contact.
The Queen of All Media is known for sharing her daily life with her followers on her various social media platforms, as well as giving advice and clapping back at bashers.
Clapping back at the rumours like a boss, Lady Gaga took to her Twitter handle and hinted at an upcoming album.
I don't regret clapping back at anybody or talking to my fans on Twitter.