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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyanswer back
he/she/itanswers back
present participleanswering back
past tenseanswered back
past participleanswered back
  1. answer someone back to reply rudely to someone who has more authority than you

    Don't you dare answer me back!

    I don't like children who answer back.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of answer back
See also main entry: an·swer


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