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argue back

To respond angrily or rudely at an inappropriate or unwelcome time. Don't argue back to me, young lady. Your students don't respect you, that's why they always argue back when you try to discipline them.
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argue back

to argue with or oppose someone; to answer back (to someone); to talk back (to someone). (Usually said of persons who are supposed to listen and obey without comment.) Please don't argue back all the time. I wish you children did not argue back so much.
See also: argue, back
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We argued back and forth but, eventually, he had his way.
"Hospital premises stink all the time; we requested the worker to clean the room properly but she argued back and bluntly refused to clean," another patient told ANI.
It is roughly the same as was argued back in the referendum in 1975.
We argued back and forth with the patent office in favor of patent protection for Max's invention and were successful in doing so.
The Editor was lambasted recently for using the term 'girl power' in a headline about a FinTech group set up to celebrate women in the sector and argued back that 'girl power' was coined by a feminist musician and used as a term to empower women.
But Ms Richards argued back that to imply budget decisions were not set in stone was to "completely downgrade the significance" of the March 27 cabinet decision.
So to hurry them along, the chairman chewed on a delicious pizza as delegates argued back and forth.
Although his answers at Press conferences could often be bland and guarded, he did not refuse to answer questions - except on the one occasion when he walked out of the room as the journalist he accused of having an agenda argued back.
From ancient times, philosophers have argued back and forth.
Announcing the upcoming changes, the president argued back in February that the public sector could no longer remain as "some kind of protected fortress."
The first man declared, "It is the flag that moves." The second man immediately countered him, "No, it is the wind that moves." The two argued back and forth, each championing their own position.
I argued back that it was very much a part of proper behavior at the table and goes without saying.
Further reports also suggested that the state judge Marcel Montalvao had earlier ordered WhatsApp to turn over chat records which were related to a narcotic investigation but WhatsApp argued back that it cannot access the chats in an unencrypted form and thus cannot provide the required records before the court.
We argued back in mid-February that the upcoming meeting signalled a turning point for the oil market and reiterated our $47/bbl Brent target by midyear (see Frozen oil).
For three days, QCs argued back and forth about obscure Strasbourg case law and article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.