an automobile passenger who offers the driver unsolicited advice, warnings, criticism, etc., especially from the backseat.
any person who, by means of criticism, unsolicited advice, or the like, interferes in affairs that are not his or her concern or responsibility.
A person who gives unwanted and officious advice; kibitzer (1920s+)
A passenger who gives unwanted and/or unneeded directions to the driver; also, a person who interferes in affairs without having knowledge, responsibility, or authority for doing so. For example, Aunt Mary drives us all crazy with her instructions; she’s an incurable backseat driver . This term originated in the United States in the 1920s, when it was first used for a passenger legitimately directing a chauffeur, and it was quickly transferred to figurative use. Also see the synonym Monday-morning quarterback and the antonym take a back seat
a seat at the rear. take a backseat, to occupy a secondary or inferior position: Her writing has taken a backseat because of other demands on her time. Contemporary Examples But bilateral relations will take a backseat as legal and political issues pile up for Gilani. Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani Convicted of Contempt Fasih Ahmed, […]
New England, Southern, and South Midland U.S. a setback; relapse; reverse. an eddy or countercurrent. (on a lock on a door or the like) the horizontal distance between the face through which the bolt passes and the center line of the knob stem or keyhole. Historical Examples The rascals had had one backset, but this […]
- Back shaft
a spindle carrying back gears.
- Back shift
noun (Brit) a group of workers who work a shift from late afternoon to midnight in an industry or occupation where a day shift or a night shift is also worked the period worked