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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theystrike back
he/she/itstrikes back
present participlestriking back
past tensestruck back
past participlestruck back
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  1. to attack, harm, or criticize someone who has attacked, harmed, or criticized you
    The most vulnerable are also those least able to strike back.
    strike back at: The bombing was apparently carried out by the Mafia to strike back at the Pope.
    strike back against: They threatened to strike back against the UN for the bombing raids.
    1. a.
      to make a successful attack in a competition after being attacked yourself, especially by scoring a point or goal
      The Lakers struck back with a three-pointer as the clock ran out.
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