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back talk

noun
1.
an impudent response; impudence.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60
Synonyms
rudeness, insolence, impertinence, cheek, sass.

back-talk

[bak-tawk] /ˈbækˌtɔk/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
to answer back.
Origin
1855-60
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Examples for back talk
  • If you do not get the answer you are looking for call back talk to someone else.
  • Chores were to be completed without a word of back talk.
  • He appreciates back talk and expects to be entertained.
  • If he ever stands for any back talk or shows a streak of yellow he's through, an might as well quite.
Word Origin and History for back talk
back-talk
"impertinent retort," 1858, originally often used in literary attempts at low Irish idiom, from back (adj.) + talk.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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