[ tawk-bak ]
/ ˈtɔkˌbæk /
noun Radio and Television.
a communications system enabling those in the studio to hear control-room personnel through a loudspeaker or headphones.
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Origin of talk-back
Noun use of verb phrase talk back
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British Dictionary definitions for talk-back
verb (intr, adverb)
to answer boldly or impudently
NZ to conduct a telephone dialogue for immediate transmission over the air
television radio a system of telephone links enabling spoken directions to be given during the production of a programme
- a broadcast telephone dialogue
- (as modifier)a talkback show
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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