Dick Tracy A mildly sarcastic retort to one who makes an obvious observation as if from penetrating insight. This expression derives from the popular comic strip Dick Tracy which features a detective of that name. Dick Tracy is analogous to such rhetorical comments as “Is the Pope Catholic?” and “No kidding, you don’t say.”
the Dutch have taken Holland An obvious statement, this expression is used sarcastically to put down someone who tells a piece of stale news as though it were new and exciting. If my aunt had been a man she’d have been my uncleis a similar British retort to someone who has laboriously explained the obvious.
Queen Anne is dead A sarcastic remark made to the bearer of stale news. A similar, current American phrase is So what else is new? Anne was Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 1702-14. The expression dates from the 18th century.
touché Literally French for ‘touched,’ touché is a fencing term indicating a hit or score. In verbal fencing or argumentation the parry touché acknowledges accuracy and truth in an opponent’s remark or retort.
to make a quick and clever or angry reply. `You're too old', she said. `You're not so young yourself,' he retorted. antwoord يَرُدُّ جوابا غاضِبا سريعا وذَكِيّاً отговарям остроумно replicar odseknout erwidern svare igen ανταπαντώreplicar vastu sähvama جواب دندان شکن دادن tiuskaista répliquer לְהָשִיב בְּחַרִיפות प्रत्युत्तर देना odvratiti visszavág menangkis hreyta út úr sér; svara um hæl replicare, ribattere 言い返す 반박하다 atkirsti asi atbildēt; atcirst menempelak terugkaatsensvare igjen, gi svar på tiltale odcinać się, ripostować ځوابول ، ځواب ور ګرځول، ځواب غبرګول، كلك ځواب وركول، بالمثل څواب وركول، په ځيركۍ ځواب وركول replicar a replica; a riposta парировать odseknúť odvrniti odbrusiti svara, replikera โต้ตอบ; สวนตอบ; พูดย้อน tersleyerek cevap vermek 反駁 парирувати الٹ کر جواب دینا trả miếng 反驳
such a reply. gevatte antwoord جَواب غاضِب سَريع وَذَكي остроумен отговор réplica odseknutí die Erwiderung gensvar ανταπάντηση réplica väle vastulause پیش جوابی tiuskaisu réplique, riposte תְּשוּבָה חַרִיפָה प्रत्युत्तर replika, oštar odgovor visszavágás tangkisan hvasst svar replica 口答え 반박 atkirtimas asa atbilde tempelak replieksvar på tiltale, skarpt svar riposta ځوابول réplica replică; ripostă резкий ответ odseknutie (oster) odgovor oštar odgovor svar [på tal] คำตอบ sert cevap 反駁 різка відповідь فوری جواب sự trả miếng 反驳
The sarcastic tone of this reply might have provoked a rather acrimonious retort from Miss Squeers, who, besides being of a constitutionally vicious temper--aggravated, just now, by travel and recent jolting--was somewhat irritated by old recollections and the failure of her own designs upon Mr Browdie; and the acrimonious retort might have led to a great many other retorts, which might have led to Heaven knows what, if the subject of conversation had not been, at that precise moment, accidentally changed by Mr Squeers himself
"Well, you know I couldn't get along very well without it, darling," responded Dan who, since New Year's, had adopted a new method of dealing with Felicity--whether by way of keeping his resolution or because he had discovered that it annoyed Felicity far more than angry retorts, deponent sayeth not.
The white night-cap, embellished with two peacock's feathers and a pigtail bolt upright, in which Signor Jupe had that very afternoon enlivened the varied performances with his chaste Shaksperean quips and retorts, hung upon a nail; but no other portion of his wardrobe, or other token of himself or his pursuits, was to be seen anywhere.
"Mother by adoption," retorted Estella, never departing from the easy grace of her attitude, never raising her voice as the other did, never yielding either to anger or tenderness, "Mother by adoption, I have said that I owe everything to you.