Last modified on 19 April 2014, at 09:16

answer back

EnglishEdit

VerbEdit

to answer back (phrasal verb)

  1. (idiomatic) To reply impertinently; to talk back.
    I'll thank you not to answer back like that! Where are your manners?
  2. To reply to a question at a later time.
    Please answer me back before the end of the week.
  3. (computing) To issue echo characters, protocol responses, reflexive connection requests, etc.

Usage notesEdit

  • In all senses the object (if mentioned) may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.

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