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back talk

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noun
  1. an impudent response; impudence.

Origin of back talk

First recorded in 1855–60

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rudeness, insolence, impertinence, cheek, sass.

back-talk

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

Origin of back-talk

First recorded in 1855–60
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Word Origin and History for backtalk

n.

also back-talk, "impertinent retort," 1858, originally often used in literary attempts at low Irish idiom, from back (adj.) + talk (n.).

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