What is the meaning of the word hit back?

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Leinster hit back with the weight of numbers and forced Newcastle to concede a penalty try with just five minutes remaining.
Hartnett said he was pushed by Laurence, and hit back in self-defence with a single slap with the palm of his hand.
The let-off allowed the Cappielow troops to re-group and hit back before the break.
The Tories will hit back by demanding to know if Labour will give a commitment not to increase national insurance and income tax.
But Ms Cannings hit back, claiming the Yorkshire Post story had been misleading.
The row is set to intensify later this week when the producers will hit back with a rebuttal of the criticisms in the letter.

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