1. phrasal verb
If you bite back
a feeling or something that you were going
, you stop yourself from expressing it.
Susan bit back the words she would like to have said.
A scream rose to her lips again. She had to bite it back.
2. phrasal verb bite
If a person or a group of people who have been defeated, criticized
, or insulted bite back
, they respond
strongly or angrily.
He is quickly on the attack, biting back at the questioner until the original question
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