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.
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 first thing old backbite said when he heard of it was, ‘H’m!
Marion’s Faith. Charles King
From these though descended our manners are mended,Though still we can grin and backbite!
The Book of Humorous Verse Various
Death, however ignominious, rather than remorse—the backbite of inwit, in the quaint language of our forefathers.
Happiness in Purgatory Anonymous
He could not backbite, nor envy, nor prevaricate, nor jump at mean motives for generous acts.
The Little White Bird J. M. Barrie
We are all friends; of course we are friends, and we all backbite each other and carry scandal and intrigue.
The Lady of Lynn Walter Besant
I am sorry to be obliged to backbite, but really and truly we dont like Mrs. De Lancey Smythe.
The Automobile Girls at Palm Beach Laura Dent Crane
A parcel of old women who delight in having some one to run down and backbite.
The Claverings Anthony Trollope
They who were most benefited are often the first to most loudly complain and to backbite.
The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
To backbite is to speak something secretly to one’s injury; to calumniate is to invent as well as utter the injurious charge.
English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
verb -bites, -biting, -bit, -bitten, -bit
to talk spitefully about (an absent person)
In Ps. 15:3, the rendering of a word which means to run about tattling, calumniating; in Prov. 25:23, secret talebearing or slandering; in Rom. 1:30 and 2 Cor. 12:20, evil-speaking, maliciously defaming the absent.
the outback: They live in the backblocks. Historical Examples They come down from the backblocks with perhaps a hundred pounds to spend on a week of blissful unconsciousness. Captivity M. Leonora Eyles You’ll be jolly glad to get rid of me and be off with the uncle into the backblocks. Captivity M. Leonora Eyles In […]
a board placed at or forming the back of anything. Basketball. a board or other flat vertical surface to which the basket is attached. Contemporary Examples Ramos was still showing no signs of life when they got him on a backboard and into the ambulance. ‘Please Don’t Die!’: The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops […]
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noun a tank or series of pipes at the back of a fireplace for heating water US name water back
Anatomy. the spinal column; spine. strength of character; resolution. something resembling a backbone in appearance, position, or function. Bookbinding. a back or bound edge of a book; spine. Nautical. a rope running along the middle of an awning, as a reinforcement and as an object to which a supporting bridle or crowfoot may be attached. […]