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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theytalk back
he/she/ittalks back
present participletalking back
past tensetalked back
past participletalked back

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  1. to reply quickly and rudely to something that someone says. This expression is used especially when talking about children who are being rude to their parents
    talk back to: Melanie, don’t talk back to your mother!
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