phrasal verb → strike If you strike back, you harm or criticize someone who has harmed or criticized you.
[V P] ⇒ Our instinctive reaction when someone causes us pain is to strike back.
[V P + at] ⇒ Sometimes, Kappy got angry and struck back at him in whatever way she could.
[V P at n] ⇒ The president struck back at critics who say he should be held accountable for conditions
that contributed to the riots.
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