If you move back, you move in the opposite direction to the one in which you are facing or in which you were moving before.
a North American diving duck, Aythyra valisineria, the male of which has a white body and reddish-brown head
the grounds between the River Cam and certain Cambridge colleges
If someone or something backs up a statement, they supply evidence to suggest that it is true .
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.
If you back down, you withdraw a claim, demand, or commitment that you made earlier, because other people are strongly opposed to it.
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.
A buy-back is a situation in which a company buys shares back from its investors.
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 you fall back, you move backwards a short distance away from someone or something.
a book spine presenting a completely flat surface
In rugby or football, a full-back is a defending player whose position is towards the goal which their team is defending.
either the scrum half or the stand-off half
a narrow ridge that consists of steeply inclined rock strata
If you hold back or if something holds you back, you hesitate before you do something because you are not sure whether it is the right thing to do.
an inclined cable tramway with two cars that are connected in such a way that as one goes up the other comes down
a defending player on the left side of the field
If you pay back some money that you have borrowed or taken from someone, you give them an equal sum of money at a later time.
If someone pulls back from an action, they decide not to do it or continue with it, because it could have bad consequences .
the part of a chair or seat that you rest your back against
If something sets you back or sets back a project or scheme, it causes a delay .
If you talk back to someone in authority such as a parent or teacher, you answer them in a rude way.
In football, a wing back is a defender who also takes part in attacking play.
to reverse the direction of a boat, esp to push the oars of a rowing boat to slow it down or stop it
to apply (a legally permitted credit, esp an operating loss ) to the taxable income of previous years in order to ease the overall tax burden
If you fight back against someone or something that is attacking or harming you, you resist them actively or attack them.
A knockback is a problem or a rejection which delays your progress or which reverses some of the progress you have made.
If you knock back a drink, especially an alcoholic one, you drink it quickly, and often in large amounts.
an arrangement by which a company sells a property and simultaneously obtains a long-term lease from the buyer for continued use of the deeded property
the region of the back above the waist, often a locus of pain and back problems
an arched back, esp. of a horse
an underside of a spoon bowl ornamented with a shell motif
→ the upper back
a tank or series of pipes at the back of a fireplace for heating water
If you bounce back after a bad experience, you return very quickly to your previous level of success, enthusiasm, or activity .
a defender who plays in the middle of the defence
a chair with a fiddle-shaped back
a chair or couch back curving forward and downward to form arms
a paper tube or roll, almost flattened, having one side glued to the back of a book and the other to the inside of the spine
a type of chair in which the back is constructed of horizontal slats between two uprights
If profits are ploughed back into a business, they are used to increase the size of the business or to improve it.
a chair back having a form resembling that of a somewhat heart-shaped medieval shield
a section at the back of a woman's dress that is caught in pleats or gathers at the neck and falls unbelted to the floor
back to back:
Back-to-back wins or victories are victories that are gained one after another without any defeats between them.
a back of a chair or the like, usually having semicircular spindles between the top rail and the cross rail or seat
a defender positioned off the line of scrimmage for the purpose of covering pass receivers and tackling runners who elude linemen and linebackers
a bow back having a slight outward splay at its bottom
A cutback is a reduction that is made in something.