the practice of making a loud and effusive display of friendliness, cordiality, etc., as by slapping persons on the back.
to subject to backslapping.
to engage in backslapping.
a hearty slap on the back given as a token of affability or congratulation:
The bridegroom received many a warm handshake and backslap.
At the Globes, the night is all bonhomie, backslapping and table-hopping.
The Gaudy, Gauche and Sometimes Corrupt Greatness of the Golden Globes Richard Rushfield January 15, 2012
Greetings were curiously breathless yet casual, but without any backslapping.
The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
a short oblique stroke (\), a backward slash, used in some computer operating systems to mark the division between a directory and a subdirectory or its folders, as in designating a path. noun a slash which slopes to the left \ n. 1982, new punctuation symbol introduced for computer purposes, from back (adj.) + slash […]
to relapse into bad habits, sinful behavior, or undesirable activities. an act or instance of backsliding: a backslide from his early training. Contemporary Examples But what about the formerly middle-class African Americans who find themselves on the backslide? How Much Does ‘Culture’ Matter for ‘Inner-City’ Poverty? Jamelle Bouie March 19, 2014 Historical Examples And I […]
- Back someone up
back someone up verb phrase To confirm what someone says; support what someone does: If you want to go in to complain, I’ll back you up (1860s+ British) To be someone’s substitute; be in reserve: We’ve got three other drivers to back him up (1950s+) To play behind a fielder to retrieve balls that might […]
to shift the carriage or typing element of a typewriter one space backward by depressing a special key. Computers. to move the cursor, printhead, etc., toward the beginning of the data. the space made by backspacing. Also called backspacer, backspace key. the labeled key on a typewriter or computer keyboard used for backspacing. verb to […]