backfill

verb
back·fill | \ˈbak-ˌfil \
backfilled; backfilling; backfills

Definition of backfill 

: to refill (something, such as an excavation) usually with excavated material backfill a trench

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When backfilling, use the native soil — even clay soil — that came out of the planting hole. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Be wary of the 'bathtub effect'," 12 July 2018 The company had to properly backfill the open hole, as well. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Text messages reveal illegal dumping by Detroit demo contractor," 26 June 2018 When one goes to jail or passes away then someone else backfills their spot just like any multilevel organization. Washington Post, "Mexican Mafia run jail crime like an ‘illegal government’," 24 May 2018 In previous strikes, that has meant bringing in temporary workers to backfill those who don’t show up for work, though not every member of each union participates in the strike. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Strike looms at UCSD, hospital delays surgeries," 3 May 2018 This will be about backfilling the position with a depth piece. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals 2018 NFL Draft strategy: Running backs," 13 Apr. 2018 On Wednesday afternoon, Duxbury Department of Public Works had just finished placing stones in front of portions of the sea wall that broke during the weekend storm, as well as backfilling it to try to keep water out. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Coastal communities scramble amid second nor’easter in a week," 7 Mar. 2018 An adverse ruling from the state Department of Education could require the district to come up with another $10.3 million to backfill the money gap for future capital projects. Jason Ruiter, OrlandoSentinel.com, "$10M hangs in balance at Lake schools after state audit's warning over impact-fee spending," 15 Apr. 2018 The move exploits an NCAA rule that allows programs with first-year head coaches to backfill those scholarships, according to ASU football administrators Wednesday. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: ASU football coach Herm Edwards has authority to cut players," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of backfill

1874, in the meaning defined above

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