- a seat at the rear.
- take a backseat, to occupy a secondary or inferior position: Her writing has taken a backseat because of other demands on her time.
Origin of backseat
First recorded in 1825–35
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- a seat at the back, esp of a vehicle
- informal a subordinate or inconspicuous position (esp in the phrase take a back seat)
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Word Origin and History for back seat
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