talk back (to one)

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talk back (to one)

To answer, respond, or interrupt in a rude or impertinent manner; to sass. If you don't stop talking back like that, you'll be going to bed with no dinner! The student got detention for talking back to her teacher.
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talk back (to someone)

to challenge verbally a parent, an older person, or one's superior. Please don't talk back to me! I've told you before not to talk back!
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talk back

Also, answer back. Reply rudely or impertinently, as in She was always in trouble for talking back, or The teacher won't allow anyone to answer back to her. [Second half of 1800s]
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talk back

v.
1. To respond to someone rudely or inappropriately: The servants were not supposed to talk back to their masters.
2. To make a hostile response: The enemy's guns are talking back.
3. To respond to a signal or transmission, especially through a path of electronic communication: My computer is sending information through the modem, but the network computer is not talking back.
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Not long ago, cars did not talk back to us, but now these messages are accepted as common course with the responsibility of getting behind a wheel.
If they are shameless enough to talk back to us, we should kill them (Exodus 21:17, Leviticus 20:9).
Hopefully the invitation to talk back to us is an offer they can't refuse.
Our audiences now want (and expect) to talk back to us, which is why we need to be wherever they are.
In addition, we want to give you more chances to talk back to us and to each other, on everything from civic issues to Mr.
We're so used to him the way he is now, we talk away to him as if he could talk back to us.