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retort -- as in: quick retort
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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."
  • "That’s none of your business," retorts Himmelstoss.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Now Lennie retorted belligerently, "He ain’t neither."
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men

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  • Narciso retorted, "and if you seek to do evil to la Grande I will cut your heart out!"
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • "And do you remember," retorted Mr. Jaggers, "that but for me you wouldn’t be here and couldn’t be here?"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "So let him sweat like the rest of us," Gerald retorted.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • He was very quick upon her with this retort.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • "Because you don’t understand it," he retorted.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • "Don’t tell me a lie," retorted the schoolmaster.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby

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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!"
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • "I can diagnose the case more bluntly if you wish," he retorted.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • "Don’t be a prude," Faris retorts.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • "Those freaks aren’t breaking through the window bars anytime soon," Frypan retorted.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Minho’s face showed that he didn’t appreciate the sarcasm, but Brenda spoke before he could come up with a retort.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • "Papa’s thousands of miles away," Yetta retorted, but she telt shame coursing through her.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • "How gracious of you," I say, just a whiff of breath, the way I say most retorts: a puff of perfume from a rank atomizer.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "For goodness’ sake, give it a rest," Mary retorted.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Clary didn’t bother with a smart retort; she was still thinking of what Simon had said about forgiveness, and remembering someone else, someone else’s voice and face and eyes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "He’s actually a high school drop-out whose real name isn’t even Fazlullah," my father retorted, but they wouldn’t listen.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I opened my mouth to retort.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Their warmth is fleeting, like a winter sun passing through clouds, and what I have left is the nervous heat of my retorts.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Clarke opened her mouth to launch a retort, but the words disappeared as she watched Thalia lean over, suddenly coughing.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • If I asked him if he was warm enough, he would retort that he was quite capable of letting me know if he needed another blanket.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Kate retorted fiercely as Number Two stopped the car near the guardhouse.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "You can be sure I wouldn’t have," he retorted, "had I any idea you could swim."
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • When Chaol didn’t bother retorting, Dorian asked: "Do you think someone wants to kill all the Champions?"
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "We think it’s a man’s work," he retorted.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • "Won’t do no good," retorted Mr. Turner.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • She was watching a pale blue fluid move slowly through a tube from a beaker to a retort.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Mam’s cry: "You spoiled him rotten, and now he’ll never be a man"—and Gram’s retort: "You keep pecking at him and soon he won’t come home at all."
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I retorted.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • "So eat around it," he retorts.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • "Less work for you," she retorts.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • "Beau is a beautiful beast of great nobility, Cindy" I retorted.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "Need?" he retorted, turning back toward her.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Jason bit back a retort: When did you help me the first time?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Chauncey had a profane retort on the tip of his tongue, but he swallowed it.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • "If they’d taken you, lad, I’d ha’ let them keep ye, and ye could change your name to Grant," Dougal retorted, but the mood of the party lightened substantially.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • But instead of retorting swiftly, snapping back like Kilorn would, he falls silent.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • ’Silly yourself,’ retorted Phyllis: ’how do you know?’
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Minho started to retort, but Newt elbowed him in the gut.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Four, standing in the doorway, speaks before Peter can retort.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • "But not so quick as the one that killed our fathers," he retorts.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Luma didn’t have much of a retort.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Alec muttered a retort into his coffee.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • "Don’t look at me," Daisy retorted, "I’ve been trying to get you to New York all afternoon."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Enrique retorts.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Karim gave a curt reply in Russian, which the soldier returned with an even curter retort.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • "It’s not my fault," retorted Draco.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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