back seat

\ ˈbak-ˈsēt \
variants: or less commonly backseat

Definition of back seat

1 : a seat in the back (as of an automobile)
2 : a secondary or inferior position won't take a back seat to anyone

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After the car stopped at a gas station, police approached it and found 19-year-old Adela Villarreal-Tellez, the 15-year-old driver and another teen – all intoxicated -- inside the vehicle, while the baby boy was in the back seat, Sgt. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Mom jailed after she and infant found riding with teen accused of driving drunk, cops say," 18 Sep. 2018 The mother, Michelle Booker-Hicks, was out of the car paying for gas while her 2- and 4-year old sons sat in the vehicle's back seats, Dallas' Fox 4 reported. Joshua Hafner, USA TODAY, "Mom shoots carjacker in the head to save kids inside stolen vehicle," 5 July 2018 Once for forcing a woman over the hood of her car with her two toddler children in the back seat, court records show. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Lawsuit: Melvindale uses abusive cop to make money off towing scam," 21 June 2018 Choose an item that is needed at your next stop — a cellphone or purse — and place it on the floor in the back seat, in front of the child. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "You spot a child or a dog in a locked hot car. Can you smash a window?," 11 June 2018 The detective questioned them and said the girl in the back seat, Jones, smirked at the front seat passenger, Jean-Pierre, who initially provided a false name, according to charging documents. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Two girls, 16, charged in connection with Harford attempted carjacking," 29 May 2018 The vote divided political parties, saw the once-mighty Catholic Church take a back seat, with the campaign defined by women on both sides publicly describing their personal experiences of terminations. Author: Padraic Halpin, Conor Humphries, Anchorage Daily News, "Ireland ends abortion ban as ‘quiet revolution’ transforms country," 26 May 2018 According to Gainesville police, a stranger was lying down in the back seat, waiting for them. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "They were shopping at Publix. He was lying in wait in their backseat, cops say | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 The surveillance video showed three men originally were in the car and later two other men got in the back seat, police said. Gabrielle Olivera, azcentral, "Suspect arrested in fatal shooting outside Phoenix Circle K store," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of back seat

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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