Definitions starting with B

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back-back

[Car.; from back (up) v. + back adv.; both separable and inseparable: cf. Gul. backin' de gig back (Parsons 1923:78), US dial. North He backed the horse back ADD, Bajan backed back (Collymore 1965:92), Jam. backing back the truck (S. Wilmot p.c.); vs. Trin. back-backing (Ottley 1971:62) and US dial. Mid. back-back the train ADD]

v. phr. to back up; to reverse (a vehicle): compare He backin' back (Exuma). vs. He back-backin' (San Sal.). (Black)

Tags: adverb, reduplication, verb phrase

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Last update: 2011-11-02 03:24
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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