talk back

talk back
phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word forms "talk back":
present tense I/you/we/they talk back he/she/it talks back present participle talking back past tense talked back past participle talked back
to reply quickly and often rudely to something that someone says. This expression is used especially to describe children being rude to their parents
talk back to:

Melanie, don't talk back to your mother!


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • talk back — answer rudely She is very strict and never allows her children to talk back to her …   Idioms and examples

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