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 (săs) Informal
Impertinent, disrespectful speech; back talk.
tr.v. sassed, sass·ing, sass·es
To talk impudently to.

[Back-formation from sassy.]
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Noun1.sassing - an impudent or insolent rejoinder; "don't give me any of your sass"
comeback, rejoinder, retort, riposte, replication, counter, return - a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
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Turning a supposedly primary structure into something like a rich uncle's ottoman, Tasset might have been seen as just a prankish kid sassing his elders, and the work was, in fact, pretty funny--but it was also elegantly executed and art historically informed (I particularly remember some canny puns on seriality), pointing toward not only a '60s Minimalist like Judd but also a '70s post-Minimalist like Scott Burton and an '80s commodity artist like Jeff Koons or Haim Steinbach.