a city on S Honshu, in Japan: a suburb of Osaka.
verb (used with object), took, taken, taking. 1. to get into one’s hold or possession by voluntary action: to take a cigarette out of a box; to take a pen and begin to write. 2. to hold, grasp, or grip: to take a book in one’s hand; to take a child by the hand. 3. […]
- Take aback
verb 1. (transitive, adverb) to astonish or disconcert Surprise, shock, as in He was taken aback by her caustic remark. This idiom comes from nautical terminology of the mid-1700s, when be taken aback referred to the stalling of a ship caused by a wind shift that made the sails lay back against the masts. Its […]
- Take a back seat
noun 1. a seat at the rear. Idioms 2. take a backseat, to occupy a secondary or inferior position: Her writing has taken a backseat because of other demands on her time. tailspin take a back seat Occupy an inferior position; allow another to be in control. For example, Linda was content to take a […]
- Take a beating
take a back seat