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[hahynd-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st] /ˈhaɪndˌmoʊst or, esp. British, -məst/
furtherest behind or nearest the rear; last.
Origin of hindmost
1325-75; Middle English. See hind1, -most Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • "Deil tak the hindmost" is by no means the crie de guerre of my muse.

  • It was every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • You, sir, with your "devil take the hindmost," have never even seen him.

  • It'll be every man for himself an' the devil take the hindmost.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx
  • hindmost sole, possibly “inmost soul”; wisk, possibly “whisk.”

  • Like his forerunner he leapt on the back of the hindmost sheep.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • One of the hindmost guns that was going onto the dam turned off onto the ice.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The hindmost here was the rusty old cargo boat of my friend.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • The figure of the girl in the prow of the hindmost boat was blurred and indistinct.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • One would think it was "Save yourself, and the devil take the hindmost!"

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for hindmost


furthest back; last
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Word Origin and History for hindmost

late 14c., from hind (adj.) + -most.

Thra. What, if a toy take 'em i' the heels now, and they run all away, and cry, 'The devil take the hindmost'?
Dion. Then the same devil take the foremost too, and souse him for his breakfast! [Beaumont & Fletcher, "Philaster," Act V, Sc. 2, 1611]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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