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back-talk

[bak-tawk]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to answer back.
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Origin of back-talk

First recorded in 1855–60

back talk

noun
  1. an impudent response; impudence.
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Origin of back talk

First recorded in 1855–60

Synonyms

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rudeness, insolence, impertinence, cheek, sass.
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Examples from the Web for back-talk

Historical Examples

  • The commissioner was not used to back-talk from railroaders, no matter how high their office, and he stuck to his point.

    The Modern Railroad

    Edward Hungerford

  • And Art was always good and biddable with her; never gave any back-talk, or was contrary.

    Candle and Crib

    K. F. Purdon