back seat

noun
\ 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 … the issues and concerns that have sometimes been given a back seat— Al Gore — see also take a back seat

Examples of back seat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet despite having provided the roots of this new music, jazz itself was taking a back seat. Jeanie Riess, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Sep. 2022 Who did what is actually pretty irrelevant, with the mystery -- which quickly turns Fletch into a suspect in the eyes of the irritated cops (Roy Wood Jr., Ayden Mayeri), hence the title -- taking a back seat to the overall atmosphere. Brian Lowry, CNN, 16 Sep. 2022 Unlike most papal trips, diplomatic protocols are taking a back seat to personal encounters with First Nations, Metis and Inuit survivors. Arkansas Online, 24 July 2022 The doctrine of art for art’s sake, the idea that aesthetic values alone should guide their operations, is increasingly taking a back seat to political ideology. Eric Gibson, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 But while Amazon and Apple are firmly in control of their own destinies with Prime and Apple One, Paramount is taking a back seat to Walmart with the Walmart+ deal. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Sep. 2022 The chicken version is not that different from its beefy brother, with the patty itself taking a back seat in a minivan of flavors driven by the toppings (although the crisp patty does add a nice textural contrast that the regular burger does not). Emily Heil, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2022 Unlike most papal trips, diplomatic protocols are taking a back seat to personal encounters with First Nations, Metis and Inuit survivors. Arkansas Online, 24 July 2022 Are the social sciences and the arts and humanities taking a back seat to health professions, business majors and other applied fields? Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 24 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of back seat

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of back seat was in 1715

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Last Updated

30 Sep 2022

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“Back seat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/back%20seat. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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