talk back (to one)

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talk back (to one)

To answer, respond, or interrupt in a rude or impertinent manner; to sass. If you don't stop talking back like that, you'll be going to bed with no dinner! The student got detention for talking back to her teacher.
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talk back (to someone)

to challenge verbally a parent, an older person, or one's superior. Please don't talk back to me! I've told you before not to talk back!
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talk back

Also, answer back. Reply rudely or impertinently, as in She was always in trouble for talking back, or The teacher won't allow anyone to answer back to her. [Second half of 1800s]
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talk back

v.
1. To respond to someone rudely or inappropriately: The servants were not supposed to talk back to their masters.
2. To make a hostile response: The enemy's guns are talking back.
3. To respond to a signal or transmission, especially through a path of electronic communication: My computer is sending information through the modem, but the network computer is not talking back.
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References in classic literature ?
It was always in the way, he was averring, while Hartman was talking back to him and with fitting secret-service pride explaining to him the clumsiness of the police.
NORTH Korean dictator Kim Jong-un executed his defence chief for sleeping during a meeting and talking back to the young leader.
said [former Alabama chief justice and gubernatorial candidate Roy] Moore and his followers want to establish a theocracy [and] 'bring a government based on Old Testament law, which would administer the death penalty for offenses ranging from homosexuality to talking back to your parents.
And he was the author of several books, including The Gay Agenda: Talking Back to the Fundamentalists.
Among those who see a pro-gay potential in cloning is Jack Nichols, author of The Gay Agenda: Talking Back to the Fundamentalists.