argue back

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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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One of the victims told authorities that she had all her fingers and one arm broken as punishment for arguing back to the family, and said they often denied the two girls food and water.
After months of dithering and arguing back and forwards with Ofcom we have the prospect of energy price controls which won't actually help anyone this winter.
That includes not firing them for politely expressing ideas but rather arguing back.
After arguing back and forth, Masika turns to walk away and Hazel throws a drink on Masika.
It was more for appealing than for arguing back, as the decision Jimmy was asking for would have been a penalty for us at the breakdown, but that doesn't make it any better.
Hyon Yong-chol, 66, was executed late last month after being accused of disobeying and arguing back to the despot and falling asleep during a briefing.
After Judge Roger Dutton refused the change of plea, Udu was banished to the cells for arguing back.
He was arguing back that it was no big deal if we got a taxi.
Keep your letters coming as they are mostly interesting, but don't resort to arguing back and forth, else you will get more and more people writing comments specifically about you and then these Letters Pages will turn into 'Um Ali's Arguments' pages.
Divert his attention if he starts arguing back or getting into a mood over something.
Perhaps this is because architects and commentators have found De Carlo's style--if one can so call it too puzzlingly changeable, while critics have resented his poaching on their territory, arguing back instead of showing proper gratitude for their support.
For the past two years, as though caught in some eddy in the ocean of time, the RNC and the Haley Barbour 22 have been arguing back and forth over those same questions about Medicare cuts that Democrats and Republicans were wrestling over back in 1995 and 1996.