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hit back

This page is about the phrasal verb hit back.

Meaning: If someone is beating or attacking you and you hit back, you fight to defend yourself.

Synonym: fight back, retaliate

For example:

  • hit back Roger was losing early in the match, but he hit back in the second set and ended up winning.

  • hit back After being harshly criticised by the music press, James hit back by calling his critics frustrated musicians.

Quick Quiz:

Liverpool were losing by three goals to nil, but in the second half they hit back and

a. lost the game

b. won the game

c. improved the game

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