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backhouse

[bak-hous]
noun, plural back·hous·es [bak-hou-ziz] /ˈbækˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. a building behind the main building, often serving a subsidiary purpose.
  2. a privy; outhouse.
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Origin of backhouse

First recorded in 1550–60; back1 + house
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Examples from the Web for backhouse

Historical Examples

  • It is said by Backhouse, that his parties killed thirty, and captured five.

    The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)

    John West

  • Broadfoot, Backhouse, and Fenwick rallied and reanimated them.

    Our Soldiers

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • "My friend Mr. Backhouse," said Lowndes, introducing the red-nosed man.

    Young Blood

    E. W. Hornung

  • Backhouse limped out, shutting the door, and they were alone.

    Young Blood

    E. W. Hornung

  • I'm sorry to trouble you, Mr. Backhouse, but can you tell me where I can find him?

    Young Blood

    E. W. Hornung


British Dictionary definitions for backhouse

backhouse

noun
  1. Canadian another word for outhouse
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