Synonyms of back in English:



  • 1 they think she's broken her back
    spine, backbone, spinal column, vertebral column
    technical dorsum, rachis
  • 2 the back of the house
    rear, rear side, other side; Nauticalstern
    [Antonyms] front
  • 3 the back of the queue
    end, tail end, rear end, tail, far end; North Americantag end
    [Antonyms] front head
  • 4 the back of a postcard
    reverse, reverse side, other side, underside; verso
    informal flip side
    [Antonyms] front face
  • Phrases

    behind someone's back

    secretlywithout someone's knowledgeon the slydeceitfullyslylysneakilycovertlysurreptitiouslyfurtively

    get/put someone's back up

    these kinds of questions tend to engage the other party, whereas assertions can put their backs up
    [Antonyms] please gratify
    annoyirritatevexmake angrymake crossangerexasperateirkgallpiqueput outdispleaseantagonizeget on someone's nervesrub up the wrong wayruffleruffle someone's feathersmake someone's hackles riseraise someone's hacklesenrageinfuriatemaddenmake someone's blood boildrive to distractiongoadprovoke informalaggravatepeevehasslemiffrilenettleneedlegetget tobughack offget under someone's skinget in someone's hairget up someone's noseput someone's nose out of jointget someone's goatgive someone the humprattle someone's cagedrive mad/crazydrive round the bend/twistdrive up the wallmake someone see redBritish informalwind upnarkget acrossget on someone's wickNorth American informaltee offtick offburn uprankleridegravel vulgar slangpiss offBritish vulgar slangget on someone's tits informal, datedgive someone the pipget someone's dander up rareexacerbatehumprasp

    the back of beyond

    the middle of nowherethe backwoodsthe wildsthe hinterlanda backwaterAustralian/New Zealandthe back countrythe backblocksthe booaySouth Africanthe backveldthe plattelandNorth American informalthe boondocksthe booniesthe tall timbersAustralian/New Zealand informalWoop Woopbeyond the black stump

    turn one's back on

    in 1973, she turned her back on her careerabandongive uphave done withthrow uprejectrenouncerepudiate informalquitpack injack in


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  • 1 she walked away without looking back he pushed his chair back
    backwards, behind one, to one's rear, rearwards; away, off
    [Antonyms] forward
  • 2 keep back from the roadside
    away, at a distance
  • 3 her husband left her a few months back
    ago, earlier, previously, before, in the past
  • verb

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  • 1 the project was backed by the English Tourist Board
    sponsor, finance, put up the money for, fund, subsidize, underwrite, promote, lend one's name to, be a patron of, act as guarantor of, support
    informal foot the bill for, pick up the tab for
    North American informal bankroll, stake
  • 2 over 97 per cent backed the changes
    support, endorse, sanction, approve of, give one's blessing to, smile on, favour, advocate, promote, uphold, champion; vote for, ally oneself with, stand behind, side with, be on the side of, defend, take up the cudgels for; second
    [Antonyms] oppose
  • 3 he backed the horse at 33–1
    bet on, place a bet on, gamble on, stake money on
  • 4 he backed slowly out of the garage
    reverse, move/drive backwards; backtrack, retrace one's steps
    [Antonyms] move forwards advance
  • Phrases

    back away

    he took a step towards her and she hurriedly backed away
    [Antonyms] move forward
    draw backstep backmove awayback offretreatwithdrawpull backgive groundshrink backblenchcowerquailquake

    back down

    the government backed down under pressure from the House of Lordsgive inconcede defeatsurrenderyieldsubmitclimb downconcedereconsiderbacktrackback-pedal

    back out

    Coleman backed out of the dealrenege ongo back onwithdraw frompull out ofretreat fromfail to honourabandondefault onrepudiateback-pedal informalget cold feet aboutchicken out of

    back something up

    his statement was backed up by evidence from Mr Eric Bartlett
    [Antonyms] contradict undermine
    substantiatecorroborateconfirmsupportbear outendorsebolsterreinforcelend weight toproveverifyvalidate

    back someone up

    her husband's bound to back her upsupportstand bygive one's support toside withbe on someone's sidetake someone's sidetake someone's partvouch forhelpassistaid


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  • 1 the back garden
    [Antonyms] front
  • 2 the back row
    end, hind, hindmost, rearmost
    [Antonyms] front
  • 3 the bird's back feathers
    [Antonyms] front
  • 4 back copies of the journal
    past, old, previous, earlier, former, out of date
    [Antonyms] future
  • Word links

    dorsal, lumbar relating to the back
    supine lying on one's back
    posterior further back

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