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verb (used with object), back·stabbed, back·stab·bing.
  1. 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
Related formsback·stab·ber, noun
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Related Words for backstabber

spy, hypocrite, renegade, deserter, conspirator, impostor, turncoat, informer, defector, collaborator, traitor, accomplice, plotter, deceiver, betrayer, rat, weasel, two-timer, sympathizer, double-crosser

Word Origin and History for backstabber


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.

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