answer to the name

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answer to the name (of)

To respond to a specific name. My daughter Margaret has now decided that she only answers to the name Calliope. James only answers to the name of Jim these days.
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answer to the name (of) something

to respond to a particular name. I answer to the name Walter. She answers to the name of Claire.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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