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answer back

vb
(adverb) to reply rudely to (a person, esp someone in authority) when one is expected to remain silent
Translations

w>answer back

viwidersprechen; (children also)patzige or freche Antworten geben; don’t answer back!keine Widerrede!; it’s not fair to criticize him because he can’t answer backes ist unfair, ihn zu kritisieren, weil er sich nicht verteidigen kann
vt sep to answer somebody backjdm widersprechen; (children also)jdm patzige or freche Antworten geben
References in classic literature ?
I wish Hannah had come instead of me for it was Hannah that was wanted and she is better than I am and does not answer back so quick.
and bring an answer back immediately," she said to the messenger.
I thought, perhaps, if I waited an hour or so, I might take the answer back with me.
A body could answer back then and argue him into reason.
Now will you learn not to answer back when I speak to you?
And somebody trotting along with the gang would answer back and say:
The little fishes of the sea, They sent an answer back to me.
I might have known it by the sleek face and the slavish manner too monk-ridden and craven in spirit to answer back a rough word.
Don't answer back as though we were a vaudeville team doing a cross-talk act.
But there is no fun in attacking someone who often isn't there to answer back and would just ignore the insults in any case".
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It took two weeks to get the answer back,'' she recalled.