Back talk



an impudent response; impudence.
to answer back.
Contemporary Examples

Push back more—with votes, with money, and with plenty of back talk!
How Women (and Men) Can Have It All—Now Elizabeth Gregory June 26, 2012

Historical Examples

The first thing, sir, is that Im going to be obeyed, without question and without any back talk.
Cursed George Allan England

You go an’ do what I tell you to, and don’t gimme none o’ your back talk.
Back Home Eugene Wood

I’m only foreman of this steel gang, my friend; and I don’t take any back talk from anybody.
Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman

Then, back talk, in the voices of six-shooters, came from a corner of the room.
The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker

Under its influence I became very irritable and unruly, and would take no back talk from the keepers.
The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood

“I’ll have no back talk from you, you sulky dough-face,” roared Lathrop.
Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb

“For giving me back talk,” said the youth who never quarreled with any one.
The Million-Dollar Suitcase Alice MacGowan

Officers are quick to exact instant obedience, and the least show of rebellion or “back talk” is answered with a blow.
The Pirate Shark Elliott Whitney

“Where dad was once goin’ to chuck you down for givin’ him back talk,” said the younger brother casually.
A Protegee of Jack Hamlin’s and Other Stories Bret Harte

noun phrase

Impudent response; impertinent comment; sass (mid-1800s+)

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