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Idioms about back

Origin of back

1
First recorded before 1000; Middle English bak, Old English bæc “back of the body”; cognate with Old Frisian bek, Old Saxon, Old Norse bak; perhaps from Indo-European bhogo- (unattested) “bending”; cf. bacon

synonym study for back

32. Back, hind, posterior, rear refer to something situated behind something else. Back means the opposite of front: back window. Hind, and the more formal word posterior, suggest the rearmost of two or more often similar objects: hind legs; posterior lobe. Rear is used of buildings, conveyances, etc., and in military language it is the opposite of fore: rear end of a truck; rear echelon.

usage note for back

56. Although some object to their use, the phrases in back of and the shorter—and much older— back of with the meaning “behind” are fully established as standard in American English: The car was parked ( in ) back of the house. Both phrases occur in all types of speech and writing.

OTHER WORDS FROM back

backless, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH back

back up , backup

Other definitions for back (2 of 3)

back2
[ bak ]
/ bæk /

adverb
Verb Phrases
go back on,
  1. to be treacherous or faithless to; betray: to go back on friends.
  2. to fail to keep; renege on: to go back on promises.

Origin of back

2
First recorded in 1480–90; shortening of aback

Other definitions for back (3 of 3)

back3
[ bak ]
/ bæk /

noun
a large tub, vat, or cistern used by dyers, brewers, distillers, etc., to hold liquids.
a broad-beamed ferryboat hauled across a body of water by a rope or chain.

Origin of back

3
First recorded in 1685–95; from Dutch bak “tub, trough,” from Late Latin bacca “water container”; compare French bac “ferryboat, punt”; see basin
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How to use back in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for back (1 of 2)

See also back down, back off, back out, back up

Word Origin for back

Old English bæc; related to Old Norse bak, Old Frisian bek, Old High German bah

British Dictionary definitions for back (2 of 2)

back2
/ (bæk) /

noun
a large tub or vat, esp one used by brewers

Word Origin for back

C17: from Dutch bak tub, cistern, from Old French bac, from Vulgar Latin bacca (unattested) vessel for liquids
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Medical definitions for back

back
[ băk ]

n.
The posterior portion of the trunk of the human body between the neck and the pelvis; the dorsum.
The backbone or spine.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Other Idioms and Phrases with back

back

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