Synonyms of back in English:

back

noun

  • 2 the back of the house
    rear, rear side, other side; Nautical stern
    the back of the house
    [Antonyms] front
  • 3 the back of the queue
    end, tail end, rear end, tail, far end; North American tag end
    the back of the queue
    [Antonyms] front head
  • 4 the back of a postcard
    reverse, reverse side, other side, underside; verso
    informal flip side
    the back of a postcard
    [Antonyms] front face

adverb

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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
    she walked away without looking back he pushed his chair back
    [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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  • 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
    he backed slowly out of the garage
    [Antonyms] move forwards advance

adjective

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    past, old, previous, earlier, former, out of date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

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 career abandongive uphave done withthrow uprejectrenouncerepudiate informalquitpack injack in

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 Lords give inconcede defeatsurrenderyieldsubmitclimb downconcedereconsiderbacktrackback-pedal

back out

Coleman backed out of the deal renege 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 up supportstand bygive one's support toside withbe on someone's sidetake someone's sidetake someone's partvouch forhelpassistaid

Word links

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

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