Whats a way to handle smart mouths?

i'm not really that good or experienced in handling these types, i remember being at a public gathering in the long ago past when somebody 'smart mouthed' me every time i opened my mouth, i didn't know how to handle it, got frustrated and stormed off out of the gathering.. im a male, early forties,... show more i'm not really that good or experienced in handling these types, i remember being at a public gathering in the long ago past when somebody 'smart mouthed' me every time i opened my mouth, i didn't know how to handle it, got frustrated and stormed off out of the gathering..

im a male, early forties, any tips for handling people like this in those situations?
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