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backstab

[ bak-stab ]
/ ˈbækˌstæb /
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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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Origin of backstab

First recorded in 1920–25; back2 + stab

OTHER WORDS FROM backstab

backstabber, noun
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