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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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Lampard and his teammates have answered back in style, hitting 26 goals in seven games, six of which have been wins.
Munroe started the second-half in style by snatching his second try but again Cleckheaton answered back, this time through an unconverted Neil Welch.
The 25-year-old refused to accept the carpeting and answered back, sparking an angry exchange which eventually resulted in the two men having to be separated.
However, the 25-year-old refused to accept the carpeting and answered back, sparking an angry exchange which eventually resulted in the two men having to be separated.
Barretto recently answered back netizens who compared her looks to younger sister Julia's.
"When I was at Celtic, Billy McNeill fined me quite a few times but not because I answered back.
"You made the history," Mr Walesa answered back in a brief speech later.
As Delas Alas answered back at her critic, she shared the woman was left speechless, looked back at the comedienne and froze like a statue.
Dutchman Jol was furious after his team's 3-0 derby drubbing and called a firstteam meeting on Sunday - but was stunned when some of them answered back.