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verb (used with object)
to treat as a back order: We have to back-order your sofa until the new fabric arrives.
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Main Entry:  back order
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an order to purchase something that is not currently available but will be sent at a later date
Example:  Back orders are held open for future delivery, usually for a designated period of time after which they are cancelled.
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Idioms & Phrases

back order

An item not currently in stock but to be sold or delivered when it becomes available, as in We don't have the shoes in white, but we can make them a back order. The verb means "to obtain such an item," as in The furniture store is going to back-order the sofa for us.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Maybe, but in corporate boardrooms nowadays, patience is on back order.
The merchant was not receptive to the consumers request to cancel the order because the item was on back order.
The back order should be recorded on the date received using the invoice number to which the back order applies.
Maintains back order files and releases orders for shipment, as stock is received and available for use.
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