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back talk

or back·talk

[ bak-tawk ]
/ ˈbæk ˌtɔk /
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noun
rude or disrespectful replies to the requests or directives of an authority figure; sass: That kind of back talk will get her in trouble at school.
verb (used with or without object) back-talk .
to reply to (someone in authority) in a rude or disrespectful manner: They back-talk to their parents and have never really had any discipline. Don't back-talk me, son.
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Origin of back talk

First recorded in 1855–60
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