a secondary or supplementary beat, as by a jazz drummer.
When he opened his mouth, out came that familiar soft-spoken voice with the slightly jazzy cadence—dry ice with a backbeat.
Spending a Day With Peter O’Toole Malcolm Jones December 15, 2013
backbeat follows the early days of the Beatles in Germany and focuses on Stuart Sutcliffe and John Lennon.
11 On-Screen Portrayals of the Beatles Sujay Kumar October 6, 2010
(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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any of the rows of seats occupied by the backbenchers. Contemporary Examples All the bed wetters and second guessers are now weighing in from the back bench. In Defense of Clint Eastwood: Oddity Aside, GOP Convention Succeeded Mark McKinnon August 30, 2012 Historical Examples The luckless form of the youthful Lawkins, pale and scared, rose […]
any of the members of a legislature, especially of the House of Commons of Great Britain, but not including the leaders of the parties. Contemporary Examples In truth, Gingrich was a backbencher during the Reagan years, lobbing bombshells at the White House in addition to Democrats. Reagan’s Party No More Eleanor Clift August 31, 2011 […]
an acrobatic feat in which one bends backward from a standing position until one’s hands touch the floor. noun a gymnastic exercise in which the trunk is bent backwards until the hands touch the floor
to attack the character or reputation of (a person who is not present). to speak unfavorably or slanderously of a person who is not present. Historical Examples backbite (Sir Benjamin), nephew of Crabtree, very conceited, and very censorious. Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. The […]