back load

noun

Definition of back load

:a load or burden carried or suitable to be carried on the back
  • a back load of firewood

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First Known Use of back load

1725


back-load

transitive verb \ ˈbak-ˌlōd \
variants: or backload

Definition of back-load

back-loaded or backloaded; back-loading or backloading; back-loads or backloads
:to assign (costs or benefits) to the late stages of something (such as a contract, project, or time period)
  • … in recent years, most carriers have “back-loaded” their expense charges. That means they sock you with expenses when you drop your policy …
  • Consumer ReportsAugust 1993
  • But the tax cut is backloaded, meaning that they won't reap most of the benefits for years.
  • —James SurowieckiNew Yorker23 Apr. 2001

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