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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.

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Nearby words

backsource, backspace, backspin, backsplash, backsplice, backstab, backstabber, backstage, backstairs, backstay, backstitch

Origin of backstab

First recorded in 1920–25; back2 + stab
Related formsback·stab·ber, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for back-stabbing

back-stabbing


noun

actions or remarks that are treacherous and likely to cause harm to a person, esp a friend or colleague
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