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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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When one American, whether they be Liberal, Conservative, Libertarian or simply having a bad day fears speaking on an airport line, answering back a flight attendant, simply looking or dressing differently or making the wrong eye contract with an airport uniformed employee then all of our civil liberties are in danger.
bar]Since my daughter has been hanging around with her, she's been answering back to me and has developed a really cocky attitude.
From now on, swearing of the worst kind and answering back will be de rigueur because the kids have learned it from the Master.
I was speaking in English and he was answering back in French but I think he got my message.
Kosik, 16, proved he's no Dumbo by answering back at Everland wildlife park in Yongin, near Seoul.
Q MY four-year-old has got into the habit of always answering back whenever I ask her to do anything.