hit back (at someone or something)

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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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There was a fixed rule that they must never hit back at meals, but should refer the matter of dispute to Wendy by raising the right arm politely and saying, "I complain of so-and-so;" but what usually happened was that they forgot to do this or did it too much.
Pelle's got a Bony to pick by Steve Bates MANUEL PELLEGRINI hit back at baiter Jose Mourinho last night, claiming that Manchester City's squad is better than Chelsea's.
EX-RANGERS goalkeeper Allan McGregor yesterday hit back at fans who accused him of disloyalty for leaving the club.
Geri hit back at Alex labelling him a "grumpy old man" and said: "David was really into Victoria and it was really sweet.
Controversial singer Robin Thicke has hit back at claims that his summer smash Blurred Lines is offensive to women.
Summary: David Cameron has hit back at Argentina over its plans to protest against British "militarisation" of the Falklands.
But Mr Ford hit back at the tycoon: "You should get a second opinion on that from environmental groups.
LEE TRUNDLE hit back at referee Graham Laws after his controversial dismissal at Prenton Park last Saturday cost him a two-match suspension.
FRENCH carmaker Peugeot has hit back at a pounds 1m trade union campaign to try to persuade motorists to boycott its vehicles in protest at the closure of its UK factory.
Top doctors have hit back at claims their chief executive should resign.
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.
Under-fire Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe hit back at his critics in his programme notes, insisting he will not be rushed over the appointment of a new manager.
Religious leaders have hit back at government advisors over calls to ban Halal and Kosher slaughtering practices.
ADE AKINBIYI has hit back at suggestions he is to blame for Peter Taylor's sacking as Leicester manager.
Geri hit back at Fergie labelling him a "grumpy old man" and said: "David was really into Victoria and it was really sweet.