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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. 2
    [intransitive] to try to stop someone who has criticized you, or something that has harmed you
    fight back against:

    The concert organizers have fought back against their critics.

  3. 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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