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Back order

Commerce. an order or part of an order waiting to be filled.
to treat as a back order:
We have to back-order your sofa until the new fabric arrives.
Historical Examples

The more usual custom is to give the back order the same number as the original of which it is a part.
Cyclopedia of Commerce, Accountancy, Business Administration, v. 1 Various

Of the two copies of the back order, one goes to the shipping clerk, while the other is kept in the office.
Cyclopedia of Commerce, Accountancy, Business Administration, v. 1 Various

When a back order is filled, the shipping clerk returns his copy to the office.
Cyclopedia of Commerce, Accountancy, Business Administration, v. 1 Various


an order to purchase something that is not currently available but will be sent at a later date

Back orders are held open for future delivery, usually for a designated period of time after which they are cancelled.
An item not currently in stock but to be sold or delivered when it becomes available, as in We don’t have the shoes in white, but we can make them a back order. The verb back-order means “to obtain such an item,” as in The furniture store is going to back-order the sofa for us.


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