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retortverb [T]

uk   /rɪˈtɔːt/  us   /-ˈtɔːrt/
to ​answer someone ​quickly in an ​angry or ​funny way: [+ speech] "That doesn't ​concern you!" she retorted.

retortnoun [C]

uk   /rɪˈtɔːt/  us   /-ˈtɔːrt/
a ​quickanswer that is ​angry or ​funny: "I'm going to ​tell him," said Max. "Just you ​try!" came the retort.
(Definition of retort from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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retortverb [T]

 us   /rɪˈtɔrt/
to make a ​quickanswer that is often ​amusing and sometimes ​expressesanger or ​annoyance: When the ​telephoneoperator called him ​boy, he retorted, "That’s Mr. ​Boy to you!"
retort
noun [C]  us   /rɪˈtɔrt/
(Definition of retort from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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