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fight back

verb (adverb)
1.
(intransitive) to resist an attack
2.
(intransitive) to counterattack
3.
(transitive) to struggle to repress: she tried to fight back her tears
noun
4.
an act or campaign of resistance
5.
a counterattack
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  • And he could not fight back the feeling of pride and accomplishment that welled in him.

    Moon Glow G. L. Vandenburg
  • The child stabbed a fist into one eye and then into the other to fight back the tears.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • He tried to fight back, but Driggs held him off at arm's length.

  • So warned, he was in a manner armed; he could prepare to fight back.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • And, after a pause, he added: "I expect they had a struggle—a fight—back there in the forest?"

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