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back British & World English

The rear surface of the human body from the shoulders to the hips

get one's breath British & World English

Begin to breathe normally again after exercise or exertion

get into the swing of things British & World English

Become accustomed to (or return to) an activity or routine

T-back British & World English

A high-cut undergarment or swimming costume having only a thin strip of material passing between the buttocks

in back British & World English

At the back of something, especially a building

back up British & World English

(Of vehicles) form into a queue due to congestion

go back British & World English

(Of a clock) be set to an earlier standard time, especially at the end of summertime

back down British & World English

Withdraw a claim or assertion in the face of opposition

back off British & World English

Draw back from action or confrontation

back out British & World English

Withdraw from a commitment

back-arc British & World English

Relating to or denoting the area behind an island arc

Back Bay British & World English

A historic residential and commercial district in western Boston, Massachusetts, on land along the Charles River that was reclaimed in the 19th century

back door British & World English

The rear door of a building

back end British & World English

The end of something which is furthest from the front or the working end

back fat British & World English

Fat on the back of a meat-producing animal

back-heel British & World English

Kick (something) backwards with the heel

back pass British & World English

A deliberate pass to one’s own goalkeeper (who is not allowed to pick up the ball if the pass was kicked)

back pay British & World English

Payment for work done in the past that was withheld at the time, or for work that could have been done had the worker not been prevented from doing so

back room British & World English

A place where secret, administrative, or supporting work is done

back row British & World English

The forwards who are in the third row in a scrum

back rub British & World English

A brief massage of a person’s back and shoulders

back seat British & World English

A seat at the back of a vehicle

back talk British & World English

North American term for backchat.

buy-back British & World English

The buying back of goods by the original seller

pull back British & World English

Retreat or cause troops to retreat from an area

row back British & World English

Reverse an earlier decision or previously held opinion; backtrack

comb-back British & World English

A high-backed Windsor chair with a straight top rail

come back British & World English

(In sport) recover from a deficit

draw back British & World English

Choose not to do something that one was expected to do

fall back British & World English

Move or turn back; retreat

feed back British & World English

(Of an electrical or other system) produce feedback

full back British & World English

(In certain team games) a player in a defensive position, playing at the side of the field in soccer and hockey and behind the other backs in rugby

step back British & World English

Mentally withdraw from a situation in order to consider it objectively

tie-back British & World English

A decorative strip of fabric or cord, typically used for holding an open curtain back from the window

tail back British & World English

(Of traffic) become congested and form a tailback

talk back British & World English

Reply defiantly or insolently

turn back British & World English

Go (or cause someone or something to go) back in the direction in which they have come

wing back British & World English

A player who plays in a wide position on the field, taking part both in attack and defence

hang back British & World English

Remain behind

half back British & World English

A player in a ball game such as soccer, rugby, or field hockey whose position is between the forwards and full backs

hold back British & World English

Hesitate to act or speak

hop back British & World English

A container with a perforated bottom for straining off the hops in the manufacture of beer

keep back British & World English

Remain (or cause someone or something to remain) at a distance

kick back British & World English

Be at leisure; relax

left back British & World English

A defender in soccer or field hockey who plays primarily in a position on the left of the field

look back British & World English

Suffer a setback or interrupted progress

laid-back British & World English

Relaxed and easy-going

back-to-back British & World English

(Of houses) built in a continuous terrace backing on to another terrace, with a party wall or a narrow alley between


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