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back order

noun
1.
Commerce. an order or part of an order waiting to be filled.

back-order

[bak-awr-der] /ˈbækˌɔr dər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to treat as a back order:
We have to back-order your sofa until the new fabric arrives.
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Examples from the web for back order
  • 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.
Contemporary definitions for back order
noun

an order to purchase something that is not currently available but will be sent at a later date

Examples

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 and Phrases with back order

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 back-order means “to obtain such an item,” as in The furniture store is going to back-order the sofa for us.
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