backstab

[ bak-stab ]
/ ˈbækˌstæb /

verb (used with object), back·stabbed, back·stab·bing.

to attempt to discredit (a person) by underhanded means, as innuendo, accusation, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. backsource,
  2. backspace,
  3. backspin,
  4. backsplash,
  5. backsplice,
  6. backstabber,
  7. backstage,
  8. backstairs,
  9. backstay,
  10. backstitch

Origin of backstab

First recorded in 1920–25; back2 + stab

Related formsback·stab·ber, noun

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