reply back vs reply :

reply back or reply

“Reply back” is redundant because “reply” already conveys the idea of getting back to someone. The same is true of “answer back” except in the rather old-fashioned use of the phrase to describe the behavior of a lippy kid rudely refusing to submit to the wishes of parents or teachers.

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  • n  a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
  • n  the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
    he growled his reply
  • v  react verbally
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    June 19, 2013 - Foreign Relations
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    June 18, 2013 - ARRL Amateur Radio News
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    June 18, 2013 - Business Wire