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fight back

verb (adverb)
1.
(intransitive) to resist an attack
2.
(intransitive) to counterattack
3.
(transitive) to struggle to repress: she tried to fight back her tears
noun
4.
an act or campaign of resistance
5.
a counterattack
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  • It was pure slaughter otherwise, without a chance to fight back.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • Like the Martians—but unlike the Martians, they did not fight back.

    Happy Ending Fredric Brown
  • If you want to pick a fight, do it with me—I can fight back!

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • But our time ran out when you showed them we were ready to fight back.

    The K-Factor Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
  • He tried to fight back, but Driggs held him off at arm's length.

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