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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
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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