talk back

Meaning: to reply rudely to someone in a position of authority

For example:

  • talk back to sb Some of the students were punished for talking back to their teachers.

  • talk back to sb If you hadn't talked back to the policeman, he might have let you off with a warning. So next time you get stopped, speak politely instead.

Quick Quiz:

When he was at school, my little brother often got into trouble for talking back to

a. his teachers

b. himself

c. his friends

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