hit back

to react to something bad by doing something bad.

The attorney general hit back at critics who have questioned her handling of the crisis.

We imposed import duties on their goods, and they hit back with tariffs on our products.

Etymology: based on the idea of literally hitting someone who has hit you

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Hit Back — Directed by Mikhail Tumanishvili Written by Yevgeni Mesyatsev Starring Boris Galkin Vadim Spiridonov Mihai Volontir Anatoly Borisovich Kuznetsov Aleksandr Pyatkov Yelena Glebova …   Wikipedia

  • hit back — index recriminate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hit back — phrasal verb Word forms hit back : present tense I/you/we/they hit back he/she/it hits back present participle hitting back past tense hit back past participle hit back 1) [intransitive] to criticize someone who has criticized you 2) hit someone… …   English dictionary

  • hit back — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you hit back when someone hits you, or hit them back, you hit them in return. [V P] Some violent men beat up their sons, until the boys are strong enough to hit back... [V n P] If somebody hit me, I d hit him back. 2) PHRASAL… …   English dictionary

  • hit back — RETALIATE, respond, reply, react, counter, defend oneself. → hit * * * hit back [phrasal verb] : to attack or criticize someone who has attacked or criticized you If you hit me, I ll hit back. The team hit back with a touchdown of their own.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hit back — UK US hit back Phrasal Verb with hit({{}}/hɪt/ verb ( tt , hit) ► to attack or criticize someone who has attacked or criticized you: »The dismissed sales manager has hit back at his former employers, accusing them of acting on the basis of… …   Financial and business terms

  • hit back — v. (D; intr.) to hit back at * * * [ hɪt bæk] (D; intr.) to hit back at …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hit back — if you re gonna come after me with lies and innuendo, I m gonna hit back Syn: retaliate, respond, reply, react, counter, defend oneself …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • hit back — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To return like for like, especially to return an unfriendly or hostile action with a similar one: counter, reciprocate, retaliate, retort, strike back. See ATTACK, FORGIVENESS. II verb See hit …   English dictionary for students

  • hit back — verb To retaliate …   Wiktionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.