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back order

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


[bak-awr-der] /ˈbækˌɔr dər/
verb (used with object)
to treat as a back order:
We have to back-order your sofa until the new fabric arrives. Unabridged
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  • He filled two orders and put the other half-dozen on the back-order book.

    A Man of Samples Wm. H. Maher
Contemporary definitions for back-order

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


Back orders are held open for future delivery, usually for a designated period of time after which they are cancelled.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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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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