a straight part of a circuit, esp of an athletics track or a racecourse, furthest from the finishing point
Soon he was on the medal stand, where he hopes to be again this summer, his back straight, his eyes clear.
Hugh McCutcheon: U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team’s Silent Savior Tony Doukopil July 27, 2012
No sooner had the pony felt the leather over him than he raised his back straight up, his head going down almost to the ground.
The Pony Rider Boys in Texas Frank Gee Patchin
The long handle lets him keep his back straight, there’s the difference.
Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
She ran down the floor, returned with a flourish, thought she was going to back straight into the stall—and found she wasn’t.
Free Air Sinclair Lewis
The boys did well; there’s not a man among the crowd of them can get his back straight.
Thrice Armed Harold Bindloss
Ashton-Kirk allowed the cane to spring back straight; with a look of unconcern he made reply.
Ashton Kirk, Secret Agent John T. McIntyre
He squatted down, bending his legs and keeping his back straight.
Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
Sun Woman walked past the lodges with back straight, legs stiff, her arms rigid at her sides, her head high.
Shaman Robert Shea
She seemed to care for nothing—except the keeping of her back straight.
Mary Marston George MacDonald
“I want you to brush your hair all back straight, tomorrow,” said Susan.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Backstrap loom
a simple horizontal loom, used especially in Central and South America, on which one of two beams holding the warp yarn is attached to a strap that passes across the weaver’s back. Historical Examples Narrow widths can be woven most rapidly on the backstrap loom. Chincha Plain-weave cloths Lila M. O’Neale
- Back street
a street apart from the main or business area of a town. taking place in secrecy and often illegally: back-street political maneuvering; back-street drug dealing. Historical Examples While she stood at the window, mechanically looking out, the dreary view of the back street trembled and disappeared. Heart and Science Wilkie Collins Then they crossed a […]
- Back stretch
the straight part of a race track opposite the part leading to the finish line. Historical Examples Up the back stretch they went, Zal with gigantic strides, still in front and Ovelando was going easily close up. History of the Kentucky Derby, 1875-1921 John Lawrence O’Connor Take them out at three-quarter gallop down the back […]
the straight part of a race track opposite the part leading to the finish line. Contemporary Examples As the field thundered down the backstretch, Espinoza steered his horse out wide. Why California Chrome’s Fairy Tale Didn’t End Happily Ever After Michael Fensom June 7, 2014 Historical Examples Around the turn going into the backstretch, Worth […]