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phrasal verb
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present tense
I/you/we/theybite back
he/she/itbites back
present participlebiting back
past tensebit back
past participlebitten back
  1. 1
    [transitive]bite back something to stop yourself from saying what you think
    Paul bit back an angry reply.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to react angrily to someone who has done or said something unpleasant to you
    It was his instinct to bite back.
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