Back run



a period during which a particular process, as the flow of materials in manufacturing, is reversed.
Australian. a tract of dry land in the public domain used as an auxiliary pasture by owners of adjacent private property.
Historical Examples

My head aches as if it would split, and all down my back run sharp pains.
My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave Henry M. Stanley

Tony proposed forming a herd of cattle of their own in a back run.
Taking Tales W.H.G. Kingston

It is hollow, and along its back run metal teeth, which are played with a small stick or brush.
Chatterbox, 1906 Various

It was one like his own, with three men, one of them having charge of a back run with cattle.
Taking Tales W.H.G. Kingston

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