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back end

(Northern English, dialect) autumn
(of money, costs, etc) required or incurred after a project has been completed
Word Origin
from the phrase the back end of the year
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  • We drap awa' like the leaves in the back-end, Maister Weelum—ay, juist like leaves nippit wi' the frost.

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • back-end, that portion of the year which commences with October.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • 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
  • "There'll be a good bit of money to come in this back-end," she said.

    The Root of All Evil J. S. Fletcher
  • She went ben; and at that very moment, through the bit window in the back-end of the house, there came a ray of light.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • "You can't pump water round the back-end," said the engineer.

    Thrice Armed Harold Bindloss
  • The nights begin to be sharp with frost towards the back-end of the year, for all the days are sunny and warm at times.

    A Book of Quaker Saints Lucy Violet Hodgkin

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