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part of your body
the part of the body between the neck and legs, on the opposite side to the stomach and chest
The cat arched its back and hissed.
My feet were sore and my back was aching.
Keep your head up and your back straight.
To avoid back problems, always bend your knees when you lift heavy objects.
and gazed at the ceiling.
Johnny was lying
in the middle of the floor.
on somebody's back
carried on someone's back
The girl appeared again, now with a little baby on her back.
the bones between your neck and the top of your legs
He broke his back in a motorbike accident.
not at front
the part of something that is furthest from the front
a T-shirt with a picture of a snake
on the back
He kissed her on the back of her head.
Her window faced the backs of the houses.
in the back (of something)
used especially about the back of a vehicle
Two men were sitting in the back of the car.
at the back (of something)
a small shop with an office at the back
in back (of something)
in or at the back of something
Kids should always wear seatbelts even in back.
behind a house or other building
Tom's working on the car out back.
round/out the back
behind a house or building
Have you looked round the back?
less important side
the less important side or surface of something such as a piece of paper or card
Paul scribbled his address on the back of an envelope.
The credits are listed on the back of the album.
part of seat
the part of a seat that you lean against when you are sitting
He rested his arm on the back of the sofa.
the last pages of a book or newspaper
at the back (of)
The sports pages are usually at the back.
in the back (of)
The answers are in the back of the book.
at/in the back of your mind
a thought that is at the back of your mind is one you try to ignore because you do not want it to be true
At the back of her mind was the thought that he might be with someone else.
put/push something to the back of your mind
He tried to push these uncomfortable thoughts to the back of his mind.
back to back
with the backs towards each other
Stand back to back and we'll see who's tallest.
happening immediately one after the other
a couple of back to back wins for the team
back to front
in an incorrect position so that what should be at the back is at the front
You've got your sweater on back to front.
doing something the wrong way round and starting with the part that should be at the end
He got the commands back to front and the program didn't work.
behind somebody's back
if you do something behind someone's back, you do it without them knowing
I don't like the idea of the two of them talking about me behind my back.
I should have realized that he'd
do something without telling me
when/while somebody's back is turned
if something happens when your back is turned, it happens when you are not able to see or know what someone is doing
What are your kids are up to when your back is turned?
get/put somebody's back up
to annoy someone
Simone was the kind of person who was always putting people's backs up.
get (somebody) off somebody's back
to stop annoying someone with a lot of questions, criticisms etc or to make someone stop annoying you in this way
Maybe the only way to get him off my back is to tell him the truth.
Do me a favour and
get off my back
be on somebody's back
to be trying to make someone do something they do not want to do
Why are you and Dad always on my back?
on the back of something
as a result of something that already exists or something you have already done
The company should be able to generate business on the back of existing contracts.
on the backs of somebody
using the work of a particular group to achieve something that they will not get any advantage from
Economic prosperity was won on the backs of the urban poor.
a defending player in a sports team
the back of beyond
a place that is a long way from other places and is difficult to get to
It's a nice little cottage but it really is in the back of beyond.
be (flat) on your back
to be lying on your back - used to emphasize that someone seems unlikely to get up soon
He was drunk and flat on his back on the street.
to be so ill that you cannot get out of bed
Their best player was flat on his back in hospital.
if a business, country,
etc is on its back, it is not successful
The UK market was flat on its back.
put your back into it
to work extremely hard at something
If we really put our backs into it, we could finish today.
be glad/delighted/pleased etc to see the back of somebody/something
to be happy that someone is leaving or because you no longer have to deal with something
No, I'm not too upset that he left - in fact, I was glad to see the back of him.
can't wait to see the back of
this project, I can tell you
I will be happy when it ends
have your back to/against the wall
to be in a difficult situation with no choice about what to do
at your back
They had the wind at their backs as they set off.
Caesar marched into Rome with an army at his back.
on your back
if someone achieves something on their back, they achieve it by having sex with someone
with a high, straight, low etc back
a high-backed chair
➔ know something like the back of your hand
; ➔ turn your back on somebody/something
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