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.
See also: argue, back

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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"Instead of fixing it, the guy behind the counter started arguing back.
"Instead of fixing it, the guy behind the counter started arguing back - he grabbed a family bucket, launched it and the chicken and chips went flying."
The madrasshah teacher is heard in the video arguing back and telling the man to continue praying.
Any offence dog causing the public serious District Martin "A woman standing with two dogs started arguing back with her and at one point the victim pushed the woman and began to walk away.
He added: "Eventually people started arguing back and telling him to f-off, but there was a real sense of fear because we didn't know if he really had a knife or not.
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.
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. In Udu's absence, Phil Clemo, prosecuting, told how three men in balaclavas forced their way into Kevin Beech's Sutton Weaver home on June 5, 2013.
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.