Definition of backstabbing in English:

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backstabbing

Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌstabiNG/

noun

The action or practice of criticizing someone in a treacherous manner while feigning friendship.
Example sentences
  • True, we are expected to moonwalk across the vast waters dividing technology from the masses and tiptoe back on egocentric eggshells, circumventing treacherous misunderstandings and political back-stabbing.
  • Yet amid the betrayal and back-stabbing, the cruelty and crime, the play ultimately has a happy, almost spiritual, finale, shaking the audience out of its 21st century complacency to ask: has anything really changed?
  • After the lying and back-stabbing that took place this week, relations between the housemates have degenerated into drunken abuse and name-calling.

adjective

(Of a person) behaving in a backstabbing way.
Example sentences
  • It won't help you achieve a spurious state of spiritual well-being, or help flush toxins out of your system - but it will help you to understand what your boss, your back-stabbing colleague or that girl at the water cooler really think of you.
  • He asked me how I put up with being with all those back-stabbing girls in the company who just wanted the spotlight, and I asked him how he put up with all the public school idiots and the violence.
  • There was still a belief amongst many people that the army had not lost the war but had been let down by back-stabbing politicians.

Derivatives

backstab

Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌstab/
verb
Example sentences
  • Since the AI hear things and see things, we can try to trick them, for example: throwing a rock will emit some sound that distracts them in order to backstab them silently, or also to attract them into a branch whip.
  • One of those bandits was to backstab me, and you stopped him so I could get rid of him.
  • But before he could do that, he had to backstab me.

backstabber

Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌstab/
noun
Example sentences
  • But now, you're a betrayer, and a back-stabber at that.
  • When they sang about back-stabbers, they weren't just complaining about haters - they were indicting them.
  • But rather than the racial and gender melting pot that he expected, he encountered a world of gangsters, thieves and back-stabbers.

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Syllabification: back·stab·bing

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