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fire back

To quickly discharge or release something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fire" and "back." "Yeah, but why is that my fault?" Sheila fired back defensively. After Sheila fired a defensive retort back, I decided to drop the subject.
See also: back, fire
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fire (something) back (at someone or something)

to shoot back at someone or something. We fired about ten rounds back at them. The soldiers in the fort did not fire back at the attackers.
See also: back, fire

fire something back (to someone or something)

Fig. to send something back to someone or a group immediately. Look this over and fire it back to me immediately. Fire back all this stuff to the printer as soon as you have proofed it.
See also: back, fire
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Summary: The speeding man fired back at the patrol vehicles.
The police fired back and hit him on the neck and chest, resulting in his death.
In retaliation, the security forces fired back at the militants, triggering the gun battle.
Bendtner fired back: "Perhaps those who are retired should stay retired."
In retaliation, the man on the double cabin Vigo fired back and killed one of the robbers, while his companion managed to escape.
In retaliation, the police fired back and during the cross firing, both arrested accused were killed by the firing of their accomplices, while the assailants managed to escape from the scene under the cover of darkness.
It is not clear whether the North Koreans fired back but no casualties were reported.