parrot (someone's) words

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parrot (someone's) words

To repeat verbatim what someone else has said or is saying. When you're teaching students a new language, it does them little good to just have them parrot your words—they have to understand the mechanics of the language itself. The three boys encircled the fourth, parroting his words of protest in mocking tones.
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I feel media in general has a tendency to parrot words and phrases without taking the time to process and analyze their meaning.