noun[mass noun] British informal
Rude or cheeky remarks made in reply to someone in authority: don’t interrupt! I’m not used to backchat or defiance!
More example sentences
- 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.’
- The new Education Secretary has announced a crackdown on classroom backchat and persistent insolence.
- She said: ‘We want a zero tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour in all our schools, on everything from backchat to bullying and violence.’
impudence, impertinence, cheek, cheekiness, effrontery, sauciness, pertness, insolence, rudeness, rude retorts;
Scottish informal snash
rare malapertness, contumely, procacity
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