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bite back

verb
1.
(transitive, adverb) to restrain (a hurtful, embarrassing, or indiscreet remark); avoid saying
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  • As the ludicrousness of the farce broke over me I had to bite back unsolemn roars of laughter.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • I'm ready to treat with people that are reasonable, but when they bite me I bite back.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • The animal desire to bite back at anything that moved did not last long, it focused properly upon the person of his tormentor.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • It was all that the Countess de Santiago could do to bite back the threat which alone could have given her relief.

    The Second Latchkey Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • There was only one consolation in it for him—for the first time in a long number of years he was in position to bite back.

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb

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