a wingback or slotback
If someone or something backs up a statement, they supply evidence to suggest that it is true .
If something goes back to a particular time in the past, it was made or started at that time.
If you back away from a commitment that you made or something that you were involved with in the past, you try to show that you are no longer committed to it or involved with it.
a small bay or inlet of a lake
A back copy of a magazine or newspaper is the same as a → back issue .
a dive in which the diver stands on the springboard with the back to the water and jumps up, arching backward to land either feetfirst facing the springboard or headfirst facing away from the springboard
a door at the rear or side of a building
If you back down, you withdraw a claim, demand, or commitment that you made earlier, because other people are strongly opposed to it.
an electromagnetic force appearing in an inductive circuit in such a direction as to oppose any change of current in the circuit
→ on the back foot
the defensive players in many modern team formations : usually two fullbacks and two centre backs
to strike the ball with one's heel and make it go behind one
an outdoor area, usually adjoining a studio, used for the shooting of exterior scenes
the holes of a golf course numbered 10 through 18, regarded as a unit
If you back off, you move away in order to avoid problems or a fight .
If you back out, you decide not to do something that you previously agreed to do.
pain that is felt in the back
a deliberate pass backwards to the goalkeeper
Back pay is money which an employer owes an employee for work that he or she did in the past .
a support for the back of something
A back road is a small country road with very little traffic .
a place where research or planning is done, esp secret research in wartime
the forwards at the rear of a scrum
a form of massage in which the masseur rubs one's back
a seat at the back, esp of a vehicle
saucy or insolent retorts
a vent situated on the sewer side of a trap
an area, usually paved, at the rear of a building
A person's or animal's back is the part of their body between their head and their legs that is on the opposite side to their chest and stomach .
to force to retreat ; drive back
If you bite back a feeling or something that you were going to say, you stop yourself from expressing it.
Blow-back is when the air flow through a carburetor suddenly changes direction . This is often caused by incorrect ignition .
A buy-back is a situation in which a company buys shares back from its investors.
If you call someone back, you telephone them again or in return for a telephone call that they have made to you.
to turn (the mind) to the past
to respond sharply or angrily to a critical remark
If someone claws back some of the money or power they had lost, they get some of it back again.
a Windsor chair back in which the vertical spindles are surmounted by a broad, carved crest rail resembling a comb
If something that you had forgotten comes back to you, you remember it.
If you cut back something such as expenditure or cut back on it, you reduce it.
If something dates back to a particular time, it started or was made at that time.
If a plant dies back, its leaves die but its roots remain alive .
to withdraw ; retreat
to move back; retreat
to move back from the line of scrimmage, as in order to throw a forward pass
If you fall back, you move backwards a short distance away from someone or something.
In rugby or football, a full-back is a defending player whose position is towards the goal which their team is defending.
If someone or something gets back to a state they were in before, they are then in that state again.