adjective or adverb
\ ˈbak-tə-ˈbak \

Definition of back-to-back 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : facing in opposite directions and often touching

2 : coming one after the other : consecutive



Definition of back-to-back (Entry 2 of 2)

1 British : a house that is connected in a row with other houses on each side and with a similar row of houses behind it These were where the millworkers dwelt, the worst of them known as back-to-backs because that is how they were built, without intervening space. —Geoffrey Moorhouse

2 sports : a sequence of two games scheduled to be played on consecutive days Miami began to beat elite teams and was bloodlessly efficient in the second half of back-to-backs, winning 11 in a row over a three-month stretch, a sign of a team with toughness. —Jack McCallum

Synonyms & Antonyms for back-to-back

Synonyms: Adjective or adverb

consecutive, sequential, straight, succeeding, successional, successive

Antonyms: Adjective or adverb

inconsecutive, inconsequent, nonconsecutive, nonsequential

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First Known Use of back-to-back

Adjective or adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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