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  • 1British (Of houses) built in a continuous terrace backing on to another terrace, with a party wall or a narrow alley between: rows of back-to-back houses
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    • The museum tells the story of Bradford's industrial past and includes shire horses, bus and tram rides, machinery, a mill owner's house and back-to-back cottages.
    • But since his defeat he has now vowed not to stand again and has put the back-to-back terrace house up for sale.
    • His company has terraced back-to-back houses for as little as £21, 950 and a £250,000 home in Allerton.
  • 2Consecutive: his back-to-back victories in the Hungarian and Belgian Grands Prix
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    • But if he wins a big victory here, then he will look like a certifiable front-runner, having won back-to-back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire.
    • However, England's fate should be known before then as only back-to-back victories in the next week will leave them needing a draw in Turkey in their final game to make it through automatically.
    • He has since reached the top flight of hurdlers and is ante-post favourite to record back-to-back victories in the Champion.


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  • A house in a back-to-back terrace: a street of Victorian back-to-backs
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    • The houses there were terraced back-to-backs, often one-up-one-down.
    • I used to live in Water Street, in a two-up, two-down, as they used to be called, to distinguish those houses from the inferior back-to-backs which had only one room on each floor, and no yard.
    • She is behind the successful restoration of Britain's last genuine back-to-backs in Birmingham and now she's involved with the Coffin Factory, which is going to become a visitors' centre.


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  • 1(Of two people) facing in opposite directions with their backs touching: they sat on the ground, leaning back to back
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    • They stood, facing outward, back to back, looking towards the four cardinal directions.
    • He captured them seated practically back to back on spindly gilt chairs at a fashion show, in an invisible yet palpable fog of unpleasantness.
    • His acrylic on canvass presents two persons sitting back to back.
  • 2Consecutively; in succession: the games were played back to back
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    • Did the artistic directors want their own pieces to be shown back to back?
    • For some reason, we just can't seem to string together two decent performances back to back, and when you do not have consistency your confidence suffers as well.
    • He's granting interviews back to back to the Euro press.

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