strike back

make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil

The Empire strikes back


The Giants struck back and won the opener


The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing

Syn: ↑retaliate
Derivationally related forms: ↑retaliatory (for: ↑retaliate), ↑retaliation (for: ↑retaliate)
Hypernyms: ↑strike, ↑hit
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s


Somebody ——s PP

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1) retaliate

he struck back at critics who claim he is too negative

2) (of a gas burner) burn from an internal point before the gas has become mixed with air

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strike back [phrasal verb]
: to try to hurt someone who has hurt you or treated you badly

When he called her lazy, she immediately struck back by calling him fat.

— often + at

He angrily struck back at his critics.

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Main Entry:strike

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