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retort -- as in: quick retort
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  • Gottlieb retorted with spirit and indiscretion.
  • I’d expected there’d be such larky retorts and electric furnaces and everything but, honestly, I don’t see a single thing that’s interesting, and I do think all you clever people ought to do SOMETHING for us, now that you’ve coaxed us all the way down here.
  • His confrere, Stokes, retorted that perhaps it couldn’t be plague, but it damn’ well WAS plague.

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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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