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retort -- as in: quick retort
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  • "I’ll swear there is, though," retorted Mr. Hawley.
  • Before the last words were out of Mr. Hawley’s mouth, Bulstrode felt that he should answer, and that his answer would be a retort.
  • "Yes," said Sir James, unable to repress a retort, "it is rather a pity you formed that high opinion of him.

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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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