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retort -- as in: quick retort
Used In
The Age of Innocence
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  • "Exquisite pleasures—it’s something to have had them!" he felt like retorting; but the appeal in her eyes kept him silent.
  • He reddened under the retort, but kept his eyes on her.
  • "Chiefly to enjoy good conversation, I understand," her husband retorted perversely; and she broke into an appreciative laugh.
  • "Gad," Archer heard Lawrence Lefferts say, "not one of the lot holds the bow as she does"; and Beaufort retorted: "Yes; but that’s the only kind of target she’ll ever hit."
  • This retort to his last appeal might have been interpreted as a classic move in a familiar game; but the young man chose to give it a different meaning.
  • Mr. Jackson good-humouredly retorted.
  • Archer retorted.
  • I don’t speak your language," she retorted petulantly.

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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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