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retort -- as in: quick retort
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Through the Looking-Glass
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  •   "He’s dreaming now," said Tweedledee: "and what do you think he’s dreaming about?"
      Alice said "Nobody can guess that."
      "Why, about YOU!" Tweedledee exclaimed... "And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you’d be?"
      "Where I am now, of course," said Alice.
      "Not you!" Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. "You’d be nowhere. Why, you’re only a sort of thing in his dream!"

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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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