back of

preposition

US, informal
: behind
… stood leaning against a parked car out back of the building …Peter Goldman et al.
They now sit … just two games back of the Yankees in the wild card race.Steve Buckley

Examples of back of in a Sentence

the equipment shed is a concrete structure back of the school
Recent Examples on the Web At the back of the studio, just above our heads, was a wide wooden shelf. Kadish Morris, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Police said the driver responded by firing several shots into the couple’s minivan, striking the woman in the back of the head. Norman Miller, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2024 Whether that be walking away from a house in the morning in tears listening to your colicky baby screaming for you, going back to work sometimes doubled over in pain, pumping in the back of storage closets delirious without sleep, the total panic of losing childcare. Dawn Huckelbridge, Glamour, 9 Apr. 2024 Now that Renaissance has run its course and done the job of introducing Queen Bey’s new music to younger streaming audiences, Cowboy Carter is riding off into the sunset off the back of that foundation. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 9 Apr. 2024 The armed men beat them with the back of their guns and the flat edge of their blades. Emmanuel Akinwotu, NPR, 9 Apr. 2024 However, prosecutors said in the April 8 press release that Gallina was shot in the back of the head. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 Trees were planted in the front outdoor area and trash was picked up in the back of the brewery, which sits near a section of Beargrass Creek. Amanda Hancock, The Courier-Journal, 5 Apr. 2024 The 30-year-old comedian was headed toward the Delancey St. F train on the Lower East Side before a comedy show that night when she was suddenly punched in the back of the head. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1694, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of back of was in 1694

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“Back of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/back%20of. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

back of

preposition
: behind entry 2 sense 1
out back of the barn
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