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hit back

1. To strike someone or something in retaliation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hit" and "back." I know your sister hit you, but that doesn't give you the right to hit her back! Tommy hit back at the bully with all his might, knocking out several of the boy's teeth.
2. slang To repay or return a favor to someone. A noun or pronoun is used between "hit" and "back." Thanks for lunch, I'll hit you back next week once I get paid.
3. To react negatively, forcefully, or violently to the negative actions of someone or something else. Often followed by "at." The CEO hit back at activists calling for his resignation. These allegations could undermine our entire operation, so we've got to hit back hard.
4. In sports, to respond to the success of one's opponent with offensive actions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hit" and "back." Mere minutes after Oklahoma took the lead, Washington State hit back with a touchdown and two-point conversion. They've been in complete control of the ball this half. We've got to start hitting them back with more shots on goal!
See also: back, hit

hit back (at someone or something)

To react negatively, forcefully, or violently to the negative actions of someone or something else. The CEO hit back at activists calling for his resignation. These allegations could undermine our entire operation, so we've got to hit back hard.
See also: back, hit, someone
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hit back (at someone or something)

to strike someone or something back. Tom hit Fred, and Fred hit back at Tom. I have to hit back when someone hits me.
See also: back, hit
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Andrew Morris, Richard McNain, Derek Clark (2), Andy Kennedy and James Heslington (3) hit back for the Tigers.
Martin Cherry put the home side in front after 20 minutes but the visitors hit back to equalise through Jason Brookes 10 minutes later.
Mold had taken an early lead through Pritchard's first of the game before Flint hit back through Danny Lordcastle.
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Stuart Walker cracked in the opener for the Maroons after 30 minutes but just two minutes later Sam Urquhart hit back.
The British number one raced through the first set but fifth seed Erakovic, from New Zealand, hit back well in the second before four games in a row gave Keothavong the victory.
AN eco-friendly councillor hit back yesterday after Donald Trump claimed he took better care of the environment than green activists.
"Redcar hit back hard but Acklam were able to cope and pulled together as a team against some very strong players.
After trailing to a Lee Gustard goal at half time, Lumley hit back to win 2-1 with strikes from Michael Armstrong and substitute Stephen Wood.
Friar Park hit back with four goals of their own before Dave Smith settled the outcome 8-4.
Craven hit back with a well-taken header but Matthew Burdon put the home side back in front before the break with a close-range shot.
But Cheltenham almost hit back six minutes later when a fierce Brian Wilson 25-yard free-kick was punched away by Nathan Abbey.
Caerphilly hit back in the 23rd minute when flanker Joe Polutele exploited weak tackling while fly-half Stuart Thomas landed a penalty.
Ben John and Lee Williams hit back for Kenfig Hill late on.