an impudent response; impudence.
to answer back.
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
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
Impudent response; impertinent comment; sass (mid-1800s+)
- Back the wrong horse
a large, solid-hoofed, herbivorous quadruped, Equus caballus, domesticated since prehistoric times, bred in a number of varieties, and used for carrying or pulling loads, for riding, and for racing. a fully mature male animal of this type; stallion. any of several odd-toed ungulates belonging to the family Equidae, including the horse, zebra, donkey, and ass, […]
- Back to square one
back to square one adverb phrase Returned to the starting point, usually having wasted a great deal of effort; no farther ahead: Which means we’re basically back to square one Related Terms go back to square one [1960s+ British; origin uncertain, perhaps fr one of various board games]
- Back to the drawing board
a rectangular board on which paper is placed or mounted for drawing or drafting. back to the drawing board, back to the original or an earlier stage of planning or development: Our plan didn’t work out, so it’s back to the drawing board. on the drawing board, in the planning or design stage: The shopping […]
- Back to the salt mines
back to the salt mines adverb phrase Returned to hard work and unremitting discomfort after a period of relative ease and pleasure: I had a week off, then back to the salt mines [1920s+; fr the tradition of Russian penal servitude in Siberian salt mines] Resume work, usually with some reluctance, as in With my […]
- Back to the wall
Also, back against the wall. In a hard-pressed situation; also, without any way of escape. For example, In the closing few minutes, our team had its back to the wall but continued to fight gallantly, or The bank has him with his back to the wall; he’ll have to pay up now. This term was […]