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backbeat

[bak-beet]
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noun Popular Music.
  1. a secondary or supplementary beat, as by a jazz drummer.

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backbeat

noun
  1. music the second and fourth beats of a bar written in even time or, in more complex time signatures, the last beat of the barCompare downbeat (def. 1), upbeat (def. 1)
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