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back-to-back

adjective or adverb

Definition of back-to-back

1 :facing in opposite directions and often touching
2 :coming one after the other :consecutive

First Known Use of back-to-back

15th century


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back-to-back

noun

Definition of back-to-back

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

First Known Use of back-to-back

1940



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