: a seat in the back of something (such as a vehicle)
: a secondary, inferior, or inconspicuous position or status in relation to the position or status of something else —usually used in the phrase <The poems were first-rate, but the comments didn't have to . As a local wag remarked, he handled all hecklers like the great Honus Wagner handled ground balls. — Harvey Breit, New York Times Book Review, 11 Apr. 1954><Each agency has its own role to play, the defense department argued, and should not to another … — Craig Mellow, Air & Space Smithsonian, March 2010>
Variants of BACKSEAT
back·seat also backseat
First Known Use of BACKSEAT
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