back seat

\ ˈbak-ˈsēt How to pronounce back seat (audio) \
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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To prevent hot car deaths, recommends always opening the back door when parked, placing an essential item in the back seat with a child and asking a care provider to call if a child doesn't get dropped off on time. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "In the first six days of August, five children have died in hot cars, bringing 2019 total to 29," 7 Aug. 2019 Federal legislation is also under consideration that would require car manufacturers to install a warning light to remind people to check the back seat. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "Indictment Delayed for Father Who Left Twins in Hot Car," 1 Aug. 2019 In this historic year of the first Open Division state playoffs in Arizona, the Wolves, the three-time defending 6A champions, are taking a back seat in MaxPreps' and the USA Today's preseason national rankings to 4A Scottsdale Saguaro. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Chandler football flying under national radar as it begins practice in helmets," 30 July 2019 Move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Jacob Beltran,, "Education not enough as hot car deaths continue in Texas," 16 July 2019 While his brother and sister were seen lounging and enjoying some snacks, he was spotted wriggling over the back seat of the vehicle and standing in the trunk. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Was a Riot at the Royal Polo Match and We Nearly Missed It," 11 July 2019 The car's battery pack is T-shaped and runs down the center of the car and under the back seats. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Mini Cooper goes electric," 9 July 2019 Daughter Abigail, then 16, was driving the family’s SUV back from a visit with Beth’s parents in Toledo while younger brother Cameron, then 12, was riding in the back seat. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "A decade after tragedy, Peru's Chris Smith honors late wife's memory at U.S. Senior Open," 27 June 2019 That’s why some of Slack’s competitors are giving messages a back seat. Rani Molla, Vox, "If Slack is so good, why are so many companies trying to fix it?," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of back seat

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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