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English definition of “hit back”

hit back

verb uk phrasal verb with hit   /hɪt/ (past participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) us  
to attack or criticize someone who has attacked or criticized you: In tonight's speech, the minister is expected to hit back at critics who have attacked her handling of the crisis.
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