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back-talk

[bak-tawk] /ˈbækˌtɔk/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to answer back.
Origin of back-talk
1855-1860
1855-60

back talk

noun
1.
an impudent response; impudence.
Origin
1855-60
Synonyms
rudeness, insolence, impertinence, cheek, sass.
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Historical Examples
  • The commissioner was not used to back-talk from railroaders, no matter how high their office, and he stuck to his point.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • And Art was always good and biddable with her; never gave any back-talk, or was contrary.

    Candle and Crib K. F. Purdon
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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