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Playing hockey, there were a lot of guys bigger than me, so I knew I was going to get hit and have to deal with it. Gotta hit back.
Mike Weir

Meaning of "hit back" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF HIT BACK

hit back play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HIT BACK

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Hit back is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb hit back in English.

WHAT DOES HIT BACK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of hit back in the English dictionary

The definition of hit back in the dictionary is to make forceful blows. Other definition of hit back is to respond vigorously.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO HIT BACK

PRESENT

Present
I hit back
you hit back
he/she/it hits back
we hit back
you hit back
they hit back
Present continuous
I am hitting back
you are hitting back
he/she/it is hitting back
we are hitting back
you are hitting back
they are hitting back
Present perfect
I have hit back
you have hit back
he/she/it has hit back
we have hit back
you have hit back
they have hit back
Present perfect continuous
I have been hitting back
you have been hitting back
he/she/it has been hitting back
we have been hitting back
you have been hitting back
they have been hitting back
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I hit back
you hit back
he/she/it hit back
we hit back
you hit back
they hit back
Past continuous
I was hitting back
you were hitting back
he/she/it was hitting back
we were hitting back
you were hitting back
they were hitting back
Past perfect
I had hit back
you had hit back
he/she/it had hit back
we had hit back
you had hit back
they had hit back
Past perfect continuous
I had been hitting back
you had been hitting back
he/she/it had been hitting back
we had been hitting back
you had been hitting back
they had been hitting back
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will hit back
you will hit back
he/she/it will hit back
we will hit back
you will hit back
they will hit back
Future continuous
I will be hitting back
you will be hitting back
he/she/it will be hitting back
we will be hitting back
you will be hitting back
they will be hitting back
Future perfect
I will have hit back
you will have hit back
he/she/it will have hit back
we will have hit back
you will have hit back
they will have hit back
Future perfect continuous
I will have been hitting back
you will have been hitting back
he/she/it will have been hitting back
we will have been hitting back
you will have been hitting back
they will have been hitting back
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would hit back
you would hit back
he/she/it would hit back
we would hit back
you would hit back
they would hit back
Conditional continuous
I would be hitting back
you would be hitting back
he/she/it would be hitting back
we would be hitting back
you would be hitting back
they would be hitting back
Conditional perfect
I would have hit back
you would have hit back
he/she/it would have hit back
we would have hit back
you would have hit back
they would have hit back
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been hitting back
you would have been hitting back
he/she/it would have been hitting back
we would have been hitting back
you would have been hitting back
they would have been hitting back
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you hit back
we let´s hit back
you hit back
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to hit back
Past participle
hit back
Present Participle
hitting back
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HIT BACK

hit a brick wall
hit and miss
hit it
hit it off
hit list
hit man
hit off
hit on
hit one´s straps
hit or miss
hit out
hit parade
hit rate
hit show
hit single
hit skins
hit squad
hit the buffers
hit the deck
hit the hay

WORDS THAT END LIKE HIT BACK

a slap on the back
back
back to back
bounce back
fall back
fight back
get back
go back
hold back
look back
lower back
on one´s back
pat on the back
pay back
pull back
put back
set back
sit back
slap on the back
take back
upper back

Synonyms and antonyms of hit back in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HIT BACK»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «hit back» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of hit back

Translation of «hit back» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HIT BACK

Find out the translation of hit back to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of hit back from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «hit back» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

回击
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

devolver el golpe
570 millions of speakers

English

hit back
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जवाबी हमला
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

بالرد
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

нанести ответный удар
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

revidar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ফিরে আঘাত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

riposter
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

pukul balik
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

zurückschlagen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

打ち返す
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

반격
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pencet bali
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đánh lại
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

திருப்பி அடி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

परत दाबा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

karşılık vermek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

colpito di nuovo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

cios
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

завдати у відповідь удар
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a lovit din spate
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

χτυπήσει πίσω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

terug slaan
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

slå tillbaka
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

slo tilbake
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of hit back

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HIT BACK»

The term «hit back» is quite widely used and occupies the 30.304 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HIT BACK» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «hit back» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «hit back» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about hit back

EXAMPLES

QUOTES WITH «HIT BACK»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word hit back.
1
Mike Weir
Playing hockey, there were a lot of guys bigger than me, so I knew I was going to get hit and have to deal with it. Gotta hit back.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HIT BACK»

Discover the use of hit back in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to hit back and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Revisiting Wertheimer's Seminars
... I go in house 7 hit back if can't find, 2 buy another 4 hit back, I tell her mother, 1 I'm bigger and wouldn't hit back 6 hit back, I say stop 3 hit back, I hit back when 5 call for protection, 1 bigger, 3 tell mother tell child's mother 2 hit back, 3 verbal ...
Abraham S. Luchins, Edith Hirsch Luchins, 1978
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The Moral Judgement of the Child
Why do you not hit back? — Because it is naughty." Sav (6) : "What do you do? — / tell my mother. — Do you hit back? — No, I'm afraid of being hurt. I go and tell teacher, so she'll punish him. — Why must the teacher punish him? — Because ...
Jean Piaget, 1997
3
Parents and Children in the Inner City
The same social class difference emerged in Nottingham in comparing mothers' encouragement of se1^-defence. As shown in Table 9.10 mothers who never tell their c ldren to hit back dwindle from over a third in the professior class to four ...
Harriett Wilson, G.W. Herbert, 2012
4
Negotiating Responsibility in the Criminal Justice System
Why don't they hit back in concentration camps? Aren't they men?" They don't hit back. Still they are men. The prisoner is expected to hit back in anger, revenge, self-defense, defense of his honor, and for a number of other reasons. There is a  ...
Jack B. Kamerman, 1998
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Harrap's essential English Dictionary
hit 453 hit back? a He hit me and I hit him back. □ Her letter hits back at last week's critical article. hit on or hit upon You hit on or upon an idea, answer or solution when you think of it: After much discussion we hit on a plan. □ / hit on the ...
‎1996
6
Understanding Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching ...
LESTER: Remember much about the Civil Rights movement? HENDERSON: I had been a prize fighter coming up. I didn't march with the marches 'cause I had been taught to hit back. Like when you are driving a car, and you see another car,  ...
Neal A. Lester, 1999
7
Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, ...
enough to get hit back.” And Lamont said, “you punch me, I'm gonna punch you back. That's lettin' me know you think you big and bad, but if you hit me that let me know you big enough to take licks.” Cleshay put this ideology in perhaps the ...
Jody Miller, 2008
8
Chambers Dictionary Of Phrasal Verbs
hit back the whole competition hinges on the last match. Whether we go to France or not hinges on the cost of transport. hit back 1 vt oblig sep to hit ( someone by whom one has been hit): He hit me, so I hit him back. 2 vi (often with atj to ...
9
Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball's Ultimate Weapon
Gehrig, the regular-season grand-slam leader, never hit a bases-loaded home run in the Series but he did smack an inside-the-park hit, one of the two home runs he hit on October 7, 1928. Two days later, Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back  ...
David Vincent, 2007
10
The World Series' Most WantedTM
Ruth became the first to hit back-to-back homers in the World Series in Game Two against the Giants in 1923. He broke a 1-1 tie by hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Hugh McQuillan and added another in the fifth facing Jack ...
John Snyder, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HIT BACK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term hit back is used in the context of the following news items.
1
The Open: R&A hit back at Gary Lineker in snobbery row - Telegraph
The R&A hit back at Gary Lineker on the eve of the 144th Open Championship after the former England striker turned TV presenter accused the ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
2
Wounded Aussies look to hit back - Deccan Herald
Wounded Aussies look to hit back. London, July 16, 2015, AFP: Watson likely to be dropped as second Test begins today. Watson was twice out lbw cheaply in ... «Deccan Herald, Jul 15»
3
Harinath shines as Surrey hit back
Arun Harinath hit an unbeaten 76 in Surrey's 144-1 as the home side fought back against Kent to trail by 192 runs at the end of day two at The ... «BBC Sport, Jul 15»
4
Footballers Erin McLeod and Ella Masar get married and hit back at …
Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod and American striker Ella Masar have got married - and hit back at the internet trolls who made homophobic ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
5
Video: Ashes 2015: Australia hit back at England over 'drink snub …
Australia have hit back at claims from England that they snubbed the opportunity of sharing a post-match drink after the First Ashes Test in ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
6
Sports Hotline: Celtic fans hit back after Rangers supporter calls …
SCOTT McDermott takes your calls as Hoops backlash begins as their club's Champions League chances are written off and their transfer ... «Scottish Daily Record, Jul 15»
7
Unions hit back at PM | Barbados Today
Barbados' two major trade unions, the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) have hit back at the ... «Barbados Today, Jul 15»
8
Result: Alfreton Town hit back twice to beat Rotherham United …
However, the Championship side were left stunned as Alfreton hit back before the break through Andrai Jones, who picked out the top corner ... «Sports Mole, Jul 15»
9
Labour leadership hopefuls hit back at Harman
Labour's leadership candidates have hit back at comments from acting leader Harriet Harman suggesting the party should not contest the Tory ... «ITV News, Jul 15»
10
Cato Manor cops hit back
Durban - Suspended “Cato Manor” policemen who were facing charges of racketeering relating to allegations that they operated as a hit squad ... «Independent Online, Jul 15»

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