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backbeat

[bak-beet] /ˈbækˌbit/
noun, Popular Music.
1.
a secondary or supplementary beat, as by a jazz drummer.
Origin of backbeat
back1 + beat
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backbeat

/ˈbækˌbiːt/
noun
1.
(music) the second and fourth beats of a bar written in even time or, in more complex time signatures, the last beat of the bar Compare downbeat (sense 1), upbeat (sense 1)
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