back seat


variants or less commonly backseat
: a seat in the back (as of an automobile)
: a secondary or inferior position
… the issues and concerns that have sometimes been given a back seatAl Gore
see also take a back seat

Examples of back seat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But she was thrown to the pavement and run over by her own car as the man drove away with Isaiah in the back seat, authorities said. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 One said Anderson could not have gotten off the shot from his position in the back seat of the Cadillac. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2023 Mena lost consciousness as a result and McDowell took off in the truck, with Stephanie and Amy still in the back seat. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 29 Oct. 2023 Piling rods in a truck bed or jamming them in a trunk or back seat with other gear doesn’t make for an easy ride. Ric Burnley, Field & Stream, 25 Oct. 2023 As the passenger in the back seat steps out, so does the front seat passenger — the 16-year-old. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2023 In 2021, Taylor was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon after he and another man were accused of shooting at a female driver while her two children were in the back seat. CBS News, 9 Nov. 2023 This classic lager made with Poland’s mineral-rich water is slightly sweet and malt-forward, with the hops taking the back seat. Thea Engst, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2023 Aoki Lee Simmons, for one, was in the back seat, on her way to a Pat McGrath dinner, with her luscious curls. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 20 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of back seat was in 1715

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Cite this Entry

“Back seat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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