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back talk

an impudent response; impudence.
Origin of back talk
rudeness, insolence, impertinence, cheek, sass.


[bak-tawk] /ˈbækˌtɔk/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
to answer back.
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The first thing, sir, is that Im going to be obeyed, without question and without any back talk.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • You go an' do what I tell you to, and don't gimme none o' your back talk.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • I'm only foreman of this steel gang, my friend; and I don't take any back talk from anybody.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • Then, back talk, in the voices of six-shooters, came from a corner of the room.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • Under its influence I became very irritable and unruly, and would take no back talk from the keepers.

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • "I'll have no back talk from you, you sulky dough-face," roared Lathrop.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • "For giving me back talk," said the youth who never quarreled with any one.

  • Officers are quick to exact instant obedience, and the least show of rebellion or "back talk" is answered with a blow.

    The Pirate Shark Elliott Whitney
  • "Where dad was once goin' to chuck you down for givin' him back talk," said the younger brother casually.

Slang definitions & phrases for back talk

back talk

noun phrase

Impudent response; impertinent comment; sass (mid-1800s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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