fight back

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fight back (third-person singular simple present fights back, present participle fought back, simple past and past participle fought back)

  1. (intransitive) to defend oneself by fighting.
  2. (intransitive) to counterattack; to resist an attack.
  3. (transitive) to repress; to struggle to repress.
    She tried to fight back her laughter.
  4. (intransitive, in sports) to overturn a losing deficit.