see: back to the wall
- Back alley
dirty, unprepossessing, sordid, or clandestine: back-alley morals; back-alley political schemes. Contemporary Examples Just around the corner from stores like Chanel, Valentino, and Hermès—not exactly a back alley. My Illegal, Flammable, Fabulous Hair Treatment Laura Bennett July 9, 2009 Historical Examples Thus, and not in treacled cadences, intrigued Mariar and Sir Thomas in the back alley. […]
- Back anchor
a small anchor for backing a larger one.
backward and forward; side to side; to and fro: a back-and-forth shuttling of buses to the stadium; the back-and-forth movement of a clock’s pendulum. unresolved argument or discussion. Contemporary Examples See the back-and-forth allegations of stalking and text-message harassment. Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton’s Wild Feud: Stalking Allegations and Smear Campaigns The Daily Beast August […]
- Back and to
back-and-forth; to and fro.