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.
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, political backbiting and family conflict in television’s first science fiction family saga.
Syfy’s Caprica Daily Beast Promotions January 27, 2010
Of course, now that the reorganization is official, the speculation stops and the backbiting from disenchanted executives begins.
7 Winners, 9 Losers at the New NBC Peter Lauria November 16, 2010
The Koran warns against “backbiting,” and so does the Torah, which calls it “evil tongue.”
When Gossip Is Good, from Scandals to Relationships Allison Yarrow November 21, 2011
Trouble seemed to arise not from big issues like race but from petty gossip and backbiting.
Tupac Shakur’s Race-Killer Prison Pal Talks Michael Daly July 28, 2014
They were much given to gluttony and drinking; and there was an unthinkable amount of scandal and backbiting and jealousy.
Samuel the Seeker Upton Sinclair
Where does grudge-bearing, backbiting, or uncharitableness come in?
Standards of Life and Service T. H. Howard
The little settlement was a hot-bed of gossip, backbiting, and slander.
A Half Century of Conflict – Volume I Francis Parkman
Preciosa was upon trial for misdemeanor, and I for backbiting.
When Grandmamma Was New Marion Harland
It encourageth ungodly men to the odious sin of backbiting and slandering the most religious, righteous person.
A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4) Richard Baxter
verb -bites, -biting, -bit, -bitten, -bit
to talk spitefully about (an absent person)
c.1200, bacbitunge, from back (adj. or n.) + biting. Related: back-bite (v.), early 14c.; back-biter (c.1200).
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.
- 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 […]
verb (transitive) to clear (an area of scrub, bush, etc) by creating a new fire that burns in the opposite direction to the line of advancing fire noun the act or result of backburning