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fight (one's) way back to (something or some place)

1. To struggle or use force to return to some place, position, or thing. The party was so packed with people that I had to fight my way back to where my friends were talking. We had to fight our way through the crowd to board the train on time.
2. To struggle to return to some condition or state. The political candidate will have to fight her way back to the top of the polls. After a devastating civil war, the country has to fight its way back to a position of stability and prosperity.
See also: back, fight, to, way

fight back

To act in one's self-defense, either verbally or physically. If that bully confronts you again, you need to fight back. They were tearing my story to shreds—I had to fight back!
See also: back, fight
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fight back (at someone or something)

to defend oneself against someone or something; to retaliate against someone or something. You are going to have to fight back at them. You can't expect us to defend you. It's hard for me to fight back against three of them by myself.
See also: back, fight
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Time and again he fought it out with Leach who fought back always, like a wildcat, tooth and nail and fist, until stretched, exhausted or unconscious, on the deck.
But he fought back the bodily weakness -- and, still more, the faintness of heart -- that was striving for the mastery with him.
They had crept in while Buck and Spitz were fighting, and when the two men sprang among them with stout clubs they showed their teeth and fought back. They were crazed by the smell of the food.
Frankly, it's about time they fought back, especially "Sleepy Joe" Biden, who has seemed almost comatose since announcing his run.
Hercog needed treatment on her back after the second set and slumped to 4-1 in the third but she too fought back in the tense duel.
She started to scream so hard when she realised it had fought back
Maguire fought back to 11-6 down with breaks of 110 and 122 but the damage had been done and Trump finished the job with runs of 68, 82 and 82.
She noted that police's justification that warrant-subjects resisted arrest or fought back has become doubtful.
Drug suspect's son: Pa was killed like an animal !-- -- Marc Jayson Cayabyab (The Philippine Star) - March 16, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines The son of a drug suspect police alleged to have fought back said his father was picked up by police in broad daylight but he was found dead on the railroad tracks hours later.
Bulalacao emphasized that drug suspects were legitimately killed because they fought back against the police.
The seven-time champion, who missed the tournament last year, was outplayed by Italian Camila Giorgi initially but fought back impressively to win 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court.
ST HELENS 3 ST HELENS fought back from a goal down to take the points against Sandbach.
According to Salt Lake City Police Detective Greg Wilking, an adult male allegedly grabbed a female victim who then fought back.
AN attempted robbery at a funeral directors on Halloween was thwarted when a staff member fought back against two masked men.
They had to shut the family heating firm as he fought back to health but the couple - now married - say it is business as usual.