to relapse into bad habits, sinful behavior, or undesirable activities.
an act or instance of backsliding:
a backslide from his early training.
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
And I did hope that the convert was not tempted to backslide and swerve from the truth in his answers.
An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
She was only thinking that “it was a heap better to repent ‘n to backslide.”
Moriah’s Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches Ruth McEnery Stuart
So far as is known the converted enemy to Society did not backslide; the Lone Wolf never prowled again.
Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance
They will no longer be tolerated, nor will converted Israel backslide again.
The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
Did not I, even I, in thy presence, backslide into intemperance and folly?
Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
If thou turn us not, we shall never turn; it is in our nature to backslide for ever.
The Power of Faith Isabella Graham
Having slept in a duchess’s bed, Kedzie would not backslide.
We Can’t Have Everything Rupert Hughes
They are backsliders on their knees long before they backslide openly in the eyes of the world.
Practical Religion John Charles Ryle
It is a thing of very common occurrence, inside the different denominations, for their members to backslide, as they call it.
Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary John Kline
verb -slides, -sliding, -slid, -slid, -slidden
(intransitive) to lapse into bad habits or vices from a state of virtue, religious faith, etc
in the religious sense, 1580s, from back (adj.) + slide (v.). Related: Backslider; backsliding (1550s).
to draw back or apostatize in matters of religion (Acts 21:21; 2 Thess. 2:3; 1 Tim. 4:1). This may be either partial (Prov. 14:14) or complete (Heb. 6:4-6; 10:38, 39). The apostasy may be both doctrinal and moral.
- 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 […]
reverse rotation of a ball causing it to bounce or roll backward or stop short. noun (sport) a backward spinning motion imparted to a ball to reduce its speed at impact, as by hitting it with a downward or undercutting motion Compare topspin
paneling, as that attached to the back of a stovetop or to the wall behind a kitchen countertop, to protect against splashed liquids.