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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.
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  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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