[ bak-stab ]
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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.

Origin of backstab

First recorded in 1920–25; back2 + stab

Other words from backstab

  • backstabber, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023