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 verb → hit If you hit back at someone who has criticized or harmed you, you criticize or harm them in return. [journalism] [V P + at] ⇒ The President has hit back at those who have criticised his economic reforms. [V P] ⇒ British Rail immediately hit back with their own cheap fares scheme.
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