Definitions starting with B

ID #1118

back

adv. 1. [Car.; DJE "often used pleonastically"] used redundantly for emphasis: 1918 He will return back (Parsons 133). Reverse the car back (Exuma).

2. [Car.] after another post-verbal adverb: I goin' home back. (Nassau)

3. [Atlantic; cf. Sra. baka and Ewe megbe back ... again (Herskovits 1941:290); cf. also Yoruba pada back, again (Oyedeji p.c.)] again, as before: Lock it back and bring the key (Acklins). (Black)

Tags: adverb

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Last update: 2010-08-24 03:03
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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