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[mass noun] Rude or cheeky remarks made in reply to someone in authority:‘don't interrupt! I'm not used to backchat or defiance!’
impudence, impertinence, cheek, cheekiness, effrontery, sauciness, pertness, insolence, rudeness, rude retortsanswering back, talking backmouth, lipsnashsassiness, sass, smart mouth, back talkmalapertness, contumely, procacityView synonyms
- ‘He said: ‘It is a shame that among these youths there were several who wanted to give us cheek and backchat to try to look the part in front of their friends.’’
- ‘She said: ‘We want a zero tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour in all our schools, on everything from backchat to bullying and violence.’’
- ‘But they then conceded a silly penalty and compounded their error when, after some backchat, the referee moved them ten metres backwards.’
- ‘The new Education Secretary has announced a crackdown on classroom backchat and persistent insolence.’
- ‘A frustrated mother, tired of her daughter's bad exam results, lateness and backchat to teachers, decided on drastic action.’
- ‘The aspect of the Spanish game that has most surprised him, he says, is the minutes devoted to backchat with referees, the discussions with opponents, the gamesmanship.’
- ‘Ms Kelly said it was time to redraw the line on what was acceptable behaviour, and called for an end to backchat, lateness and ignoring uniform rules.’
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