Is there a word (or phrase) that describes the action of responding to requests only when someone presses you about them?

For example, let's say I ask John to get me a quote for a product, and he says he'll get back to me. After several days with no word, I call John and ask him what happened with the quote I was waiting for. He replies, "I was just about to call you! Here is the info..." It is clear that John had the information much earlier, but he didn't send it to me until I asked for it (either intentionally or because he forgot). I would like to describe this situation with an utterance like: "I asked John about that quote I was waiting for, and he ____ to me with the info."

The word I'm looking for essentially means "respond", but it carries this extra connotation of a rapid response driven by already having the requested information. I feel like it could be something like "snapped back" (which carries the sense of spontaneity, but not the existing-information aspect, and it has the extra unneeded connotatuon of responding angrily).

A OneLook search supplied me with "jump", but that's not the right word either - "he jumped back with the info" doesn't quite carry the intended meaning.

  • See these words and related phrases to see if one of them sounds right: accede, relent, divulge Nov 21 '19 at 4:42
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    Well, released is closely associated with withheld info (and he finally released it...but unleashed is funnier to me). Also, we use "just spouted it off" like this: "I've been asking John about that quote for weeks, and he just spouted it off ("like his ABC's" or whatever one has learned long ago). Good luck and welcome to ELU.
    – KannE
    Nov 21 '19 at 7:15
  • The word "reverted" could be used. Or you could even say "swiftly/briskly responded/replied"
    – Apoorva
    Nov 21 '19 at 10:07
  • @Scripter1000 Thanks, but none of those is quite what I'm looking for. It's not so much the "revealing" of information that is important so much as the seeming spontaneity of the reveal. Nov 25 '19 at 5:41
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    Well, it works in the proper context. That usage is well understood here (US, SE Region), and it's found online too, but just spouted off alone also has other meanings related to speech. On the first page, I saw 4 or 5 different meanings, and I didn't even scroll all the way down. It's only been 4 days; there's no rush. I hope you get more answers; I really like this question.
    – KannE
    Nov 25 '19 at 7:24

I asked john about the quote I was waiting for, and he revealed the information to me.

The answer is not possible without changing the structure of the given sentence.

But reveal means to give the hidden or known information when needed or forced to inform.

Even the verbs divulge or disclose may serve your purpose.

Here is link


  • Thanks, but reveal isn't quite right. Although you're right that changing the structure of the sentence may be necessary, because I don't know for sure that I'm looking for a single verb or a phrasal colloquialism. Nov 25 '19 at 5:42

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