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backseat

[bak-seet] /ˈbækˈsit/
noun
1.
a seat at the rear.
Idioms
2.
take a backseat, to occupy a secondary or inferior position:
Her writing has taken a backseat because of other demands on her time.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35
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British Dictionary definitions for back seat

back seat

noun
1.
a seat at the back, esp of a vehicle
2.
(informal) a subordinate or inconspicuous position (esp in the phrase take a back seat)
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Word Origin and History for back seat
n.

also back-seat, 1832, originally of coaches, from back (adj.) + seat (n.). Used figuratively for "less or least prominent position" by 1868. Back-seat driver first attested 1926.

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Slang definitions & phrases for back seat

back seat

Related Terms

take a back seat


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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