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back to back

(of two similar events) following one immediately after the other; in unbroken sequence; consecutively:
After losing all day, he picked winners back to back in the last two races.
adjective, Also, back-to-back
adjacent or contiguous but oppositely oriented; having the backs close together or adjoining:
The seats in the day coach are back to back.
Stud Poker. (of a pair) consisting of the hole card and the first upcard:
He had aces back to back. Unabridged
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adjective (usually postpositive)
facing in opposite directions, often with the backs touching
(mainly Brit) (of urban houses) built so that their backs are joined or separated only by a narrow alley
(informal) consecutive
  1. denoting a credit arrangement in which a finance house acts as an intermediary to conceal the identity of the seller from the buyer
  2. denoting a loan from one company to another in a different country using a finance house to provide the loan but not the funding
a house or terrace built in back-to-back style
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Idioms and Phrases with back-to-back

back to back

With backs close together or touching, as in In the first and second rows of the bus, the seats were back to back, an unusual arrangement. This term also can be applied to persons who stand facing in opposite directions and with their backs touching. [ Mid-1800s ]
Consecutively, one after another, as in I'm exhausted; I had three meetings back to back. [ Mid-1900s ]
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