- a seat at the rear.
- take a backseat, to occupy a secondary or inferior position: Her writing has taken a backseat because of other demands on her time.
Origin of backseat
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for backseat
My mother was sitting in the backseat but that did not stop the driver from trying to touch me.
If I do, I sit in the backseat and stay alert for whatever the driver does.
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