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Definition of answer back phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

answer back

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs
to defend yourself against criticism He was given the chance to answer back in a radio interview.

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answer somebody back

 
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to speak rudely to somebody in authority, especially when they are criticizing you or telling you to do something Don't answer back! Stop answering your mother back!
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