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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Word Origin and History for backstabber

backstabber

n.

also back-stabber, in the figurative sens, 1839, from back (n.) + agent noun from stab (v.). The verb backstab in the figurative sense is from 1925.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper