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Definition of back-stabbing in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The action of criticizing someone in a treacherous manner despite pretending friendship with them: the media world of back-stabbing, scheming, and downright malice
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  • 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

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(Of a person) engaging in back-stabbing; critical of other people despite pretending friendship with them: back-stabbing officials protecting their patch with petty politics
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  • 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

back-stabber

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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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