answer back - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
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.

See also main entry: answer