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answer sb. (the foll. uses are somewhat technical)
1. reply made to a charge, defence, account 2H6 II. i. 201 “call these foul offenders to their answers,” Cor. III. i. 176, Cæs. I. iii. 114.
2. anything done in return, corresponding or resulting action, retaliation, punishment H5 II. ii. 143 “to the of the law,” IV. vii. 143 “quite from the answer of his degree” (= not bound to answer the challenge of one beneath his rank), Cym. V. iii. 79 “Great the slaughter . . . great the answer” ; in fencing, the return hit Tw.N. III. iv. 308, Ham. V. ii. 283 “in of the third exchange.”
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