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“answer (sb) back” in British English

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answer (sb) back

phrasal verb with answer uk /ˈɑːn.sər/ us /ˈæn.sɚ/ verb

to speak rudely when answering someone in authority:

Don't you dare answer me back, young lady!

(Definition of “answer (sb) back” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)