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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The aftermath of the shooting was streamed live on Facebook by a passenger, Mr. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, whose young daughter was in the back seat. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "$16 Million vs. $4: In Fatal Police Shootings, Payouts Vary Widely," 28 June 2018 In most cases the parent did not know or simply forgot that their child was in the back seat. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Kansas removes lawsuit fear for rescuers of children, pets trapped in hot cars," 25 June 2018 According to KSLA News 12, the relative in the back seat was Owens’s twin sister. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "17-Year-Old JaNae Owens Was Killed in a Road-Rage Shooting in Georgia," 22 June 2018 Shortly after, officers found the vehicle on Lower Sunny Circle with Werder's cellphone in the back seat. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Suspect accused of stealing pickup, hitting victim with his own truck in Eagle River," 27 May 2018 The cat-and-mouse game continued for a while, like a couple brothers fighting in the back seat on a long car ride. Paul Sullivan,, "The fun never stops for Cubs' Javier Baez," 27 Apr. 2018 The Honda Accord has 2.3 inches more legroom in the back seat. Car and Driver, "2018 Subaru Legacy," 29 Mar. 2018 His study of mathematics had taken a back seat to working on his pool game, friends and family members said. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Jeremy Gold Shook Up Pension World With Warnings About Risks," 13 July 2018 Thing is, Doyle took a back seat to Dwayne Allen that year when both were healthy. Michael Beller,, "Fantasy Football 2018: The Boring All-Star Team," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of back seat

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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