hit back


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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.
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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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The Chilean chief (above) says his squad is even stronger than last hit back at baiter Jose Mourinho last night, claiming that Manchester City's squad is better than Chelsea's.
Yarnbury hit back with a converted try from the stand-off and Gomersall got his second after charging down a kick.
Connacht hit back and Poolman's converted try brought it to one point.
David Cameron has hit back at Argentina over its plans to protest against British "militarisation" of the Falklands, saying islanders would have London's backing for as long as they wished to remain British.
Higginson hit back from 7-1 down overnight to 7-4 before Robertson recovered his composure.
Kurtley Beale and Ben Alexander added tries for the Aussies but Richie Rees hit back to keep Wales inside the line.
But circus performers have hit back, claiming the elephant does not even feature in the show.
Birmingham sensed Duffield's 18-match unbeaten run could be threatened when world No 12 Laura Lengthorn-Massaro defeated Laura Hill 9-5, 9-2, 9-7, but the Derbyshire side hit back to win 4-1.
When the three began grabbing Brown's personal possessions and beating him, he physically resisted and hit back.
But the Reds hit back with the perfect riposte, running in four tries during a blistering 18-minute spell to claim a season treble against their local rivals.
Ryanair's chief executive Michael O'Leary has hit back at union calls to boycott the airline by saying that his staff are better paid and have better conditions than many unionised carriers.
Religious leaders have hit back at government advisors over calls to ban Halal and Kosher slaughtering practices.
And, if the Cincinnati Reds hit back to back home runs in the fifth inning, that lucky contestant is $10,000 richer
Marc Pugh hit back for the visitors but Alex Pritchard's free-kick put the Bees back in front and Chris Long added a late third.
Mold to their credit hit back after forcing Ystrad to give away a penalty to get on the scoreboard.