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answerback

[ an-ser-bak, ahn- ]
/ ˈæn sərˌbæk, ˈɑn- /
Computers, Telecommunications.
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noun
a reply or answering message from a computer or other electronic device, as by means of teletypewriter or simulated voice.
adjective
of, constituting, or providing an answerback: a computer with answerback capability.
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Origin of answerback

First recorded in 1880–85; noun use of verb phrase answer back (first used in telegraphy)
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British Dictionary definitions for answerback

answer back

verb
(adverb) to reply rudely to (a person, esp someone in authority) when one is expected to remain silent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with answerback

answer back

see talk back.

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