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.
The widow was no gossip, no backbiter, but a woman of opinions and a nimble tongue undeterred by fear or favor.
Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland
There is yet one who is numbered among the asas, but whom some call the backbiter of the asas.
The Younger Edda Snorre
Every one has his opportunity, and this robs the plotter and backbiter of his venom.
Socialism and Democracy in Europe Samuel P. Orth
Would the slanderer, or backbiter, or hypocrite, indulge their habits if they realized this truth?
The Wesleyan Methodist Pulpit in Malvern Knowles King
Nobody could call him a detractor or a backbiter or a talebearer or a liar.
Bunyan Characters Alexander Whyte
It was therefore agreeable to find one of the Mystery detractors actually named backbiter.
The Grotesque in Church Art T. Tindall Wildridge
That’s an end to backbiter, the best horse ‘twixt Pedee and the Savannah.
Horse-Shoe Robinson John Pendleton Kennedy
He was no backbiter; he refrained, even with me, from hostile criticism of other actors.
McClure’s Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 3, August, 1893 Various
The flatterer, the backbiter, the spy,—these find here a rich soil.
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
I know thee for a liar, a deceiver, a backbiter, and a spirit of insatiable malevolence.
The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 3 (of 3) James Hogg
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.
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. Contemporary Examples A Republican member looks past the current backbiting to the supposed GOP Majority next year. Paul Ryan Breaks Rank John Batchelor September 25, 2010 Caprica will deliver intrigue, […]
- Backbone cabal
backbone cabal networking A group of large-site administrators who pushed through the Great Renaming and reined in the chaos of Usenet during most of the 1980s. The cabal mailing list disbanded in late 1988 after a bitter internal cat-fight. [Jargon File] (1994-11-28)
- Backbone site
backbone site A key Usenet, electronic mail and/or Internet site; one that processes a large amount of third-party traffic, especially if it is the home site of any of the regional coordinators for the Usenet maps. Notable backbone sites as of early 1993 include uunet and the mail machines at Rutgers University, UC Berkeley, DEC’s […]
demanding great effort, endurance, etc.; exhausting: a backbreaking job. Contemporary Examples Although he is not on trial for the video, it was the backbreaker in the court of public opinion. John Galliano in the Courtroom Tracy McNicoll June 22, 2011 Historical Examples I jerked and rolled in a movement calculated to throw him to the […]