back number


noun

an out-of-date issue of a serial publication.
Informal. anything out-of-date.

Nearby words

  1. back marker,
  2. back matter,
  3. back molding,
  4. back mutation,
  5. back nine,
  6. back o' beyond,
  7. back o' bourke,
  8. back of,
  9. back of beyond,
  10. back of bourke

Origin of back number

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15

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British Dictionary definitions for back number

back number

noun

an issue of a newspaper, magazine, etc, that appeared on a previous date
informal a person or thing considered to be old-fashioned
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Idioms and Phrases with back number

back number

Dated, out of style. For example, That hat is really a back number, or The game has changed so fast that a player who returns to the circuit after several years' absence usually finds he or she is a back number. This term originally referred to back issues of periodicals, which are no longer newsworthy. [Late 1800s]

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