back to back
- (of two similar events) following one immediately after the other; in unbroken sequence; consecutively: After losing all day, he picked winners back to back in the last two races.
- adjacent or contiguous but oppositely oriented; having the backs close together or adjoining: The seats in the day coach are back to back.
- Stud Poker. (of a pair) consisting of the hole card and the first upcard: He had aces back to back.
Examples from the Web for back-to-back
Back-to-back Derby winner Yoenis Céspedes will now suit up as an American League outfield reserve.Can Baseball’s All-Star Game Be Saved?
Peter C. Bjarkman
July 15, 2014
So there I was, in the position of doing two shows that were going to be on back-to-back nights.Allison Janney’s Incredible ‘Double O’ and That ‘Masters of Sex’ Love Scene
July 14, 2014
There are two back-to-back forty-five-minute segments without commercials.Why Americans Should Love the World Cup
June 12, 2014
Not many people would invite two back-to-back prison trips after two years of hard labor.Putin’s Police Arrest Pussy Riot Again In Court Crackdown
February 25, 2014
I watched Her and American Hustle back-to-back, and I thought she crushed it in both movies.Aubrey Plaza on Playing A Zombie in ‘Life After Beth,’ the ‘Daria’ Movie, and More
January 21, 2014
It is a curious double (back-to-back) statue of Ste. Anne and the Virgin.The Cathedrals of Southern France
T' house wheer I'd bin livin' were a back-to-back house, facin' north, so as we niver gat no sun thro' yeer's end to yeer's end.More Tales of the Ridings
Here are two back-to-back rear tenements, with dark bedrooms on the south.The Battle with the Slum
Jacob A. Riis.
Back-to-back, they fired, thrust, hewed and hacked at the swarming enemy.
- facing in opposite directions, often with the backs touching
- mainly British (of urban houses) built so that their backs are joined or separated only by a narrow alley
- informal consecutive
- denoting a credit arrangement in which a finance house acts as an intermediary to conceal the identity of the seller from the buyer
- denoting a loan from one company to another in a different country using a finance house to provide the loan but not the funding
- a house or terrace built in back-to-back style
Idioms and Phrases with back-to-back
back to back
With backs close together or touching, as in In the first and second rows of the bus, the seats were back to back, an unusual arrangement. This term also can be applied to persons who stand facing in opposite directions and with their backs touching. [Mid-1800s]
Consecutively, one after another, as in I'm exhausted; I had three meetings back to back. [Mid-1900s]