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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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teachers have reported pupils answering back, walking off, swearing and using disrespectful language after watching it on TV.
In total88%of school staff said this type of show led to general rudeness among children, such as answering back, mimicking, or using retorts or catchphrases.
I suppose being young and confident and playing for England at 17, I wasn't bothered about upsetting him or answering back."
BILLIE THOMSON has always let her horses do the talking on the track and now they are answering back from the comfort of their own stables.
The second kind, however, "were the sacred texts of childhood, whose authors had not forgotten what it was like to be a child." Books of that sort, says Lurie, "recommended--even celebrated--daydreaming, disobedience, answering back, running away from home, and concealing one's private thoughts and feelings from unsympathetic grown-ups.
The correct response to your man's comments must always be `Whatever you think' - answering back is a complete no no.