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answer back

1. To respond angrily or rudely at an inappropriate or unwelcome time. Don't answer back to me, young lady. Your students don't respect you, that's why they always answer back when you try to discipline them.
2. To respond to a question or request. I called them last week, but they haven't answered back yet. If you don't answer back today, I'll assume you don't want to go to the game with me.
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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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Handsfree Answer Back allows a called phone to automatically answer and activate the intercom without a user having to pick up the handset or hit a button.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All a player needs to do is (1) Find the text message option on his mobile phone; (2) Text in the code "WINCASH"; (3) Send to 76278; (4) Wait for a quick response; and (5) Answer back according to the instructions in the message "Send the return message "WINCASH YES" for a chance to WINCASH instantly
In particular, Will Batchelor's article (January 27) merely displays a wish to jump on a bandwagon to get a few laughs safe in the knowledge the royal family will not answer back.
If your husband tells you it's time to get rid of those 50 pairs of shoes, you're likely to answer back by saying it's time for him to get rid of his power tools.