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back seat

noun
     
Related topics: Motor Vehicles
back seat
1 [countable]TTC a seat at the back of a car, behind where the driver sits
2

back seat driver

informal
a) TTC a passenger in the back of a car who gives unwanted advice to the driver about how to drive
b) someone in business or politics who tries to control things that they are not really responsible for
3

take a back seat

to accept a less important position than someone or something else:
Finally, Bryant decided to take a back seat and let his son run the company.

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