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 … 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 Detective Joshua Daniell said Thomas was shooting at a white Chevrolet Malibu and the victim was sitting in the back seat. Tribune News Service, al, 14 July 2021 Atkins, who is lively and silver-haired, wore a Razorbacks shirt under a fringed denim jacket and sat in the back seat. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 13 July 2021 Dear Heloise: This summer, lots of people will be taking long drives with their kids in the back seat. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 And Stefani’s last look at Zola, in the back seat, headed home — moved me? K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 3 July 2021 His friend Vincent Greco got out with him, while the younger boy huddled in the back seat and called 911., 1 July 2021 What's more, both Kevin and Joe Jonas were in the back seat. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 29 June 2021 After the agent conducted a vehicle stop, the passengers got out of the car but the woman remained in the back seat. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2021 The camera pans quickly, but as Nick films the moment, Kevin and Joe Jonas can be seen in the back seat. Jolie Lash,, 28 June 2021

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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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20 Jul 2021

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“Back seat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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