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fight back

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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyfight back
he/she/itfights back
present participlefighting back
past tensefought back
past participlefought back
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to hit or kick someone who is attacking you

    The course teaches women how to fight back if attacked.

  2. 3
    [transitive] fight back something if you fight back an emotion, you try very hard not to show it

    Mary bit her lip and fought back her tears.

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See also main entry: fight


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