back seat

noun
\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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There are no apparent budget cuts to the back seat and no weirdly tall seat height, even with the batteries below. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 Parents can hand a child a movie (or three) to watch in the back seat and be done with it. Mari-jane Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Finding the fun in a family road trip," 20 June 2018 For the first time since Game 1, LeBron James had to take a back seat and bow to Victor Oladipo. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Unstoppable Victor Oladipo posts triple-double in Pacers' blowout of Cavs to force Game 7," 27 Apr. 2018 The child's father, Thomas J. Freeman, was the one who discovered Joseph passed out in the front seat and Kayley dead in the back seat. Chelsea Robinson, Cosmopolitan, "Dad Says "Hell Is Not Good Enough" for Mom Who Got High, Left 2-Year-Old Daughter to Die," 19 Mar. 2018 Dani Jo Carter, a close friend of Diane McIver, was driving the couple's Ford Expedition, Diane McIver was in the front passenger seat and Tex McIver was in the back seat. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Tex McIver case: Murder trial opens for attorney who claims he shot wife by accident," 13 Mar. 2018 Instead, Fritz placed McMillan in the back seat with her driver, and switched off the in-car audio and video, McMillan's lawsuit claims. Tom Jackman, chicagotribune.com, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 Instead, Fritz placed McMillan in the back seat with her driver, and switched off the in-car audio and video, McMillan’s lawsuit claims. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 The driver, Marsha Young, 44, consented to a search of the car and police found the cash and a 7-gallon bucket in the back seat with bags of marijuana in it. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Enfield Police Find More Than 2 1/2 Pounds Of Pot In Car, Arrest 11 In One Day," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of back seat

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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