back-order

[ bak-awr-der ]
/ ˈbækˌɔr dər /

verb (used with object)

to treat as a back order: We have to back-order your sofa until the new fabric arrives.

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back order

noun

Commerce. an order or part of an order waiting to be filled.
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Example sentences from the Web for back-order

  • He filled two orders and put the other half-dozen on the back-order book.

    A Man of Samples|Wm. H. Maher

Idioms and Phrases with back-order

back order

An item not currently in stock but to be sold or delivered when it becomes available, as in We don't have the shoes in white, but we can make them a back order. The verb back-order means “to obtain such an item,” as in The furniture store is going to back-order the sofa for us.

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