fight back

fight back(
fayt
 
bahk
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to resist)
a. defenderse
We have suffered repression for long enough. The time has come to fight back.Ya basta de la represión que sufrimos. Llegó la hora de defendernos.
b. contraatacar
The Eagles fought back to level the scoreboard after five innings.Los Águilas contraatacaron y al terminar la quinta entrada igualaron el marcador.
c. luchar
Local residents plan to fight back against government plans to build a power station on the land.Los lugareños piensan luchar contra el plan del Gobierno de construir una central eléctrica en estos terrenos.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
2. (to attempt to repress)
a. contener
I had to fight back the urge to tell him how it should be done.Tuve que contener las ganas de decirle cómo se debía hacer.
b. reprimir
I fought back the resentment I felt and let Judy take the credit.Reprimí el rencor que sentía y dejé que Judy se llevara los laureles.
c. tratar de contener (tears)
Fighting back tears, she described how her daughter had been abducted.Tratando de contener las lágrimas, relató cómo habían raptado a su hija.
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fight back
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (retaliate)
a. responder
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
2. (general)
a.
to f back one's tearstratar de contener las lágrimas
fight back
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
(resist) (in fight, argument) defenderse; (Dep) contraatacar
the muggers ran off when the man fought back Come on, fight back like a man!
they fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 contraatacaron, pasando de perder por 2-0 a ganar por 3-2
transitive verb
[+tears] contener; [+anger, feeling] contener; reprimir; [+despair] dominar
I fought back the urge to slap him reprimí or contuve las ganas de darle una bofetada; I fought back the urge to laugh contuve las ganas de reír
he fought back [sleep]
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