bite back - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theybite back
he/she/itbites back
present participlebiting back
past tensebit back
past participlebitten back
  1. 1
    [transitive] bite back something to stop yourself from saying what you think

    Paul bit back an angry reply.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to react angrily to someone who has done or said something unpleasant to you

    It was his instinct to bite back.

See also main entry: bite