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repartee
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
adroitness and cleverness in reply
  • —Gayer sallies, more merry mirth, better jokes, and brighter repartees, you never heard over your mahogany, than you will hear over the half-inch white cedar of the whale-boat, when thus hung in hangman's nooses; and, like the six burghers of Calais before King Edward, the six men composing the crew pull into the jaws of death, with a halter around every neck, as you may say.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (89% in)

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