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fight back

Meaning: If you fight back, you do what's needed to win a conflict or a battle after being attacked or threatened.

Synonym: retaliate

For example:

  • fight back Tommy just stands there when other kids hit him. He won't fight back.

  • fight back When people blame the new government for the economic crisis, the president fights back and says his government did not create the problems.

Quick Quiz:

Robert fought back when another boy at his school
  1. kissed him
  2. punched him
  3. looked at him

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