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English definition of “answer to sb”

answer to sb

verb uk phrasal verb with answer   /ˈɑːn.sər/ us    /ˈæn.sɚ/
to take orders from, obey, and explain your actions to someone: The great thing about working for yourself is that you don't have to answer to anyone.Obedient and compliantObeying and breaking the lawDuty, obligation and responsibility
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