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flat back

a book spine presenting a completely flat surface.
a book bound with such a spine.
Origin of flat back
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This makes a flat back with no fullness and is called a bound placket.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • And he went to the fireplace, turned round, and began to warm his flat back.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • She looked towards the open door and saw the footman's flat back, and narrow head covered with carefully plastered hair.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • The back is then "rounded" by use of a hammer; if the book is to be a "flat back" one, the rounding is very slight.

  • The viol differed from the violin family proper in having a flat back like a guitar, and rounded corners.

  • I only vaguely see the outline of a kneeling figure, evidently neither bulky nor obese, of a flat back and vigorous shoulders.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • He's got a straight, flat back and good teeth and eyes—will they make up for a shabby wardrobe and no visiting list?

    A Pasteboard Crown Clara Morris
  • A deformed negro held a lease of the ferry, and pulled a flat back and forth across the river by means of a chain and windlass.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe Nathaniel H. Bishop
  • Its short waist suited her youthful bust and flat back and narrow shoulders.

  • He was a splendid specimen of physical manhood, big and well-muscled, with a broad, flat back and soldierly carriage.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine

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