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answer back (to someone)

 and answer someone back
to talk back (to someone); to argue (with someone). (Fixed phrase.) I wish you wouldn't answer back to me that way. Please don't answer me back like that! Don't answer backer I'll ground you for a week!
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answer back

v.
1. To respond to a question or request; reply: After I requested a catalog from the clothing company many times, they finally answered back, saying they didn't have any catalogs left. We leave message after message with them, but they never answer us back.
2. To respond rudely or inappropriately: Don't answer back to your mother like that!
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Again, like Burton and Thomas, they can't answer back or deny any of the claims made by this reporter who said of Mosley's views: 'I thought his very sanity was open to doubt.
you answer back, stupid, looking at your own camera around your neck.
A security guard at TopShop on Oxford Street was the first volunteer so the Channel 4 star duly signed her name in bright pink on the rear of his jeans, saying: "This is the only part of a man's body that doesn't answer back.
For example, it is used by realtors to communicate quickly and efficiently with banks, mortgage brokers and other agents who are constantly away from their offices; by sales managers to communicate with field salespeople in geographically dispersed areas; by national associations to message members and field offices all over the country; even by a high school Spanish teacher as a linguistic exercise to allow students to follow tutorials and answer back when they have questions or need clarification on a specific lesson.
An iterated map represents the results of substituting each of a set of initial values into a mathematical expression, calculating the answer, then substituting that answer back into the original expression to calculate a new answer, and so on.
Whether these be true or false they can't answer back.
Smith: Yes, sir, but you told us not to answer back.
Ask Valenti virtually any question, and he will somehow find a way to bring the answer back to the movie industry's impact on the country.
Some people only approach me with nonsense talk so the parrot will answer back in the same way because I need to use my time to work.
I HAVE asked many times that Dan O'Neill be required to send a copy of his insults to those he insults who cannot answer back, but I never see any action.
I was overjoyed when I got an answer back saying she loved it
I suspect it won't be long before she takes the walk of shame herself - all the way back to Blighty where we're too polite to answer back.
His studies start with a repetitive mathematical procedure that, on the surface, appears quite straightforward, even mindless: Calculate the value of a given mathematical expression, or function, for some initial value; then substitute that answer back into the original expression to get a new value, and so on.