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retort -- as in: quick retort
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  • —She died, Stephen retorted, sixtyseven years after she was born.
  • She was about to retort but something checked the words on her tongue.
  • A hoarse virago retorts.
  • —Find out, miss Douce retorted, leaving her spyingpoint.
  • In the question of the grazing lands his peevish asperity is notorious and in Mr Cuffe’s hearing brought upon him from an indignant rancher a scathing retort couched in terms as straightforward as they were bucolic.
  • —The Irish, for choice, retorted the cabby like Campbell, facial blemishes apart.
  • —You suspect, Stephen retorted with a sort of a half laugh, that I may be important because I belong to the faubourg Saint Patrice called Ireland for short.

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  • She wanted to retort that he that he sounded more foolish than he looked, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
  • She retorted, "Takes one to know one."

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