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fight back

vb (adverb)
1. (intr) to resist an attack
2. (intr) to counterattack
3. (tr) to struggle to repress: she tried to fight back her tears.
4. an act or campaign of resistance
5. a counterattack
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.fight back - defend oneself
fight, struggle, contend - be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"
2.fight back - fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"
fight, struggle, contend - be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"
recalcitrate - show strong objection or repugnance; manifest vigorous opposition or resistance; be obstinately disobedient; "The Democratic senators recalcitrated against every proposal from the Republican side"
fend, resist, stand - withstand the force of something; "The trees resisted her"; "stand the test of time"; "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"
stand firm, withstand, hold out, resist - stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
drive back, fight off, repulse, rebuff, repel - force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the onslaught"; "rebuff the attack"
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w>fight back

vi (in fight) → zurückschlagen; (Mil) → sich verteidigen, Widerstand leisten; (in argument) → sich wehren, sich zur Wehr setzen; (after illness) → zu Kräften kommen; (Sport) → zurückkämpfen
vt sep tears, doubts etcunterdrücken; he fought his way back into the match/to the toper hat sich ins Spiel/wieder an die Spitze zurückgekämpft
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(fait) verbpast tense, past participle fought (foːt)
1. to act against (someone or something) with physical violence. The two boys are fighting over (= because of) some money they found.
2. to resist strongly; to take strong action to prevent. to fight a fire; We must fight against any attempt to deprive us of our freedom.
3. to quarrel. His parents were always fighting.
1. an act of physical violence between people, countries etc. There was a fight going on in the street.
2. a struggle; action involving effort. the fight for freedom of speech; the fight against disease.
3. the will or strength to resist. There was no fight left in him.
4. a boxing-match.
ˈfighter noun
1. a person who fights.
2. a small fast aircraft designed to shoot down other aircraft.
fight back
to defend oneself against an attack, or attack in return.
fight it out
to fight on to a decisive end. Although they were both exhausted the armies fought it out until the attackers were victorious at dawn; Fight it out among yourselves which of you is to go.
fight off
to drive away by fighting. She managed to fight off her attacker; I'll fight this cold off by going to bed early.
fight one's way
to make one's way with difficulty. She fought her way through the crowd.
fight shy of
to avoid. He fought shy of introducing her to his wife.
put up a good fight
to fight well and bravely.
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References in classic literature ?
The few times that his persecutions had moved him beyond control and made him fight back had cost him very dear at headquarters; not at the hands of Roxy, for if she ever went beyond scolding him sharply for "forgett'n' who his young marster was," she at least never extended her punishment beyond a box on the ear.
Because the thing did not fight back, because it was abject and whining, because it was helpless under him, he abandoned the attack, disengaging himself from the top of the tangle into which he had slid in the lee scuppers.
They won't fight back. You can flog them to death, but it won't buy you anything.
Five hundred witnesses were examined; and such a general turmoil was aroused that the Bell lawyers were compelled to take the attack seriously, and to fight back with every pound of ammunition they possessed.
I submit the following: "Fight Back, America, We Deserve Better!"
She showed remarkable composure, however, to fight back against the 60th-ranked Slovenian, who failed to convert two match points in the second set.
"It's only fair to fight back, the octopus is literally fight for its life," commented another.
The 43-year-old drew on his fighting qualities to hold off the Australian's bid to fight back from a 9-7 morning deficit.
Help fight back against meningitis I WOULD like to invite your readers to get their glitter on this Christmas and help us fight back against meningitis.
In an interview of Tuesday, Vangie asked in disbelief: 'How could a man fight back while asleep?'
The region's top cop pointed out that he has standing order for his men not to get themselves killed and act accordingly when their lives are in peril, especially when suspects fight back.
But the vice president remained optimistic, challenging her countrymen to fight back.