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  • n  light teasing repartee

  • Detective Philip Marlowe is full of tough backchat ("Cracking wise," he would call it).
  • In the first groups she entered, Jane felt dismissed as an "uptight Easterner" and got off some bitchy backchat: "You don't interest me as much as I seem to interest you.
  • I need a guy who can backchat like Fred Allen, only better, and get hit on the head with a beer truck and think some cutie in the leg-line topped him with a breadstick.

  • Jacqui Smith in BBC News
    Schools minister Jacqui Smith said: "The government has made tackling poor behaviour a major priority. We want a zero-tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour in all our schools on everything from backchat to bullying or violence. Schools must...
  • Bryan Robson in
    West Brom were in turn said to be staggered by Mourinho's behaviour although Robson said last night: "You get backchat between opposing managers and their benches at most games. Yesterday was no different."
  • Shami Chakrabarti in
    Shami Chakrabarti, of pressure group Liberty, said: "We don't need to give the police carte blanche to go around throwing people in cells for things like dropping litter. Anyone who gives a bit of backchat now risks being hauled off to a police...

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