back load

1 of 2


: a load or burden carried or suitable to be carried on the back
a back load of firewood


2 of 2

transitive verb

variants or backload
back-loaded or backloaded; back-loading or backloading; back-loads or backloads
: to assign (costs or benefits) to the late stages of something (such as a contract, project, or time period)
… in recent years, most carriers have "back-loaded" their expense charges. That means they sock you with expenses when you drop your policy …Consumer Reports, August 1993
But the tax cut is backloaded, meaning that they won't reap most of the benefits for years.James Surowiecki, New Yorker, 23 Apr. 2001

Word History

First Known Use


1725, in the meaning defined above

Transitive Verb

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of back load was in 1725

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“Back load.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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