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adjective or adverb

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


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plural back-to-backs
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
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

Examples of back-to-back in a Sentence

Adjective or adverb the three movies in the series were filmed back-to-back so that the cast members wouldn't age visibly on screen the new governor was soon facing several back-to-back crises
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Adjective or adverb
The back-to-back deaths gained drew social media attention to an old and charming interview between Simmons and Westheimer. Amanda Lee Myers, USA TODAY, 14 July 2024 Some auto dealerships are still using pens and paper to close deals after back-to-back cyberattacks last month on a company that supplies them with software. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 13 July 2024 But his appearances this weekend will be his first time pitching in back-to-back games. Andrew Golden, Washington Post, 13 July 2024 A day before the back-to-back attacks, a 15-year-old female at Robert Moses exited the water with three small puncture wounds on her leg from an unidentified fish, police said. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 12 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for back-to-back 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective Or Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of back-to-back was in the 15th century

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“Back-to-back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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