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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

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
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Carlos Rumble scored in the first minute for Old Park but rivals Sandwell Action hit back to level in District Three.
At that point it looked as if the visitors may run away with it but Hinckley hit back.
Within minutes, Johnson hit back at Merson, who won the title twice with Arsenal but battled booze and cocaine.
Nestor and Zimonjic took the opening set 7-5 on the tie-break but Hutchings and Kerr hit back to win the second 6-4.
Greatham hit back but Doggy quickly scored again when Brad Owens got on the score sheet with a well taken goal to make it 3-1.
Neath hit back with a penalty from Arwel Thomas only to fall behind to a fine 31st-minute try.
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.
Hartlepool took a 2-0 interval lead, only for Cornforth United to hit back with an equaliser - and their second was soon to follow.
Bowen extended the home lead with his third penalty before the Wizards hit back after 10 minutes of the second half after they had seen centre Paul Bamsey get called back as he crossed the try line for an earlier crossing infringement in the movement.
Tuamoheloa was sin-binned at the end of the first half against Montpellier at Stade Sabathe as the home side took an 18-10 lead into the break, but scored a crucial try as the English club hit back to win the final Pool 5 match 31-21.
The visitors hit back in the second half and began to take control.
Kerry hit back soon after the break through Jamie Smart's strike but the hosts held firm before settling their nerves when Phil Davies bagged a third.
Ben John and Lee Williams hit back for Kenfig Hill late on.
Pheasant hit back to take the domies 5-4 but went down 11-5, while Stockingford won seven of their nine games on the table but were unable to turn things around.
The home side hit back with an Adrian Passey goal but West Bromwich clinched victory through Ross Clarke ten minutes from time.