[bak-kast, -kahst]
a short backward and often upward swing of a fishing rod, its line, and its lure in preparation for the cast that immediately follows.

1570–80, for an earlier sense; back2 + cast1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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And when you make your backcast, you aren't likely to hook the gear that's behind you.
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