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British Dictionary definitions for back end

back end

noun
  1. Northern English dialect autumn
adjective back-end
  1. (of money, costs, etc) required or incurred after a project has been completed

Word Origin

from the phrase the back end of the year
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Examples from the Web for back end

Historical Examples

  • Back-end, that portion of the year which commences with October.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • "There'll be a good bit of money to come in this back-end," she said.

    The Root of All Evil

    J. S. Fletcher

  • "You can't pump water round the back-end," said the engineer.

    Thrice Armed

    Harold Bindloss

  • We drap awa' like the leaves in the back-end, Maister Weelum—ay, juist like leaves nippit wi' the frost.

    Betty Grier

    Joseph Waugh

  • It is no surprise to me who have commanded a body of clansmen for a fortnight in the back-end of a retreat.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

    George W. Gough


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