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strike back

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstrike back phrasal verbATTACKto attack or criticize someone who attacked or criticized you first We instruct our staff never to strike back, however angry they feel. at The prime minister immediately struck back at his critics. strike→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
strike backAccidentally, obliquely, the squadron had found this way of striking back.But then Bath, equally obdurate, struck back.Last Friday, Dole struck back.Left-wing guerrillas think their cause worth killing for, and better-armed right-wingers strike back.Southerners struck back against such efforts to enforce equality.Ahab confesses his deep, burning, tormenting desire to strike back at the creature who took his leg from him.He struck back with a knife which fell in the struggle from his chest of drawers.strike atWhittle struck back at critics of his educational policies.
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Verb table
strike
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theystrike
he, she, itstrikes
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theystruck
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave struck
he, she, ithas struck
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad struck
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill strike
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have struck
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam striking
he, she, itis striking
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you, we, theyare striking
Past
I, he, she, itwas striking
you, we, theywere striking
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been striking
he, she, ithas been striking
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been striking
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be striking
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been striking
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