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hindmost

[hahynd-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st]
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adjective
  1. furtherest behind or nearest the rear; last.
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Origin of hindmost

1325–75; Middle English. See hind1, -most
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Historical Examples

  • "Deil tak the hindmost" is by no means the crie de guerre of my muse.

    The Letters of Robert Burns

    Robert Burns

  • It was every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • You, sir, with your "devil take the hindmost," have never even seen him.

  • It'll be every man for himself an' the devil take the hindmost.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx

  • Hindmost sole, possibly “inmost soul”; wisk, possibly “whisk.”


British Dictionary definitions for hindmost

hindmost

hindermost (ˈhaɪndəˌməʊst)

adjective
  1. furthest back; last
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Word Origin and History for hindmost

adj.

late 14c., from hind (adj.) + -most.

Thra. What, if a toy take 'em i' the heels now, and they run all away, and cry, 'The devil take the hindmost'?
Dion. Then the same devil take the foremost too, and souse him for his breakfast! [Beaumont & Fletcher, "Philaster," Act V, Sc. 2, 1611]
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Idioms and Phrases with hindmost

hindmost

see devil take the hindmost.

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