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retort
used in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

2 uses
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Definition
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
  • Mrs. Hudson has been knocked up, she retorted upon me, and I on you.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (3% in)
  • The telegram which we eventually received came late one night just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down to one of those all-night chemical researches which he frequently indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a test-tube at night and find him in the same position when I came down to breakfast in the morning.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (35% in)

There are no more uses of "retort" in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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