back seat

noun
\ ˈbak-ˈsēt How to pronounce back seat (audio) \
variants: or less commonly backseat

Definition of back seat

1 : a seat in the back (as of an automobile)
2 : a secondary or inferior position won't take a back seat to anyone

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The current law requires passengers younger than 16 to wear a restraint when riding in the back seat of a motor vehicle. Chris Carola, The Seattle Times, "Manhattan tolls, plastic bag ban poised for approval in NY," 30 Mar. 2019 The staff at the sanctuary, her current home, keeps a photo of Lucky Lady in the back seat of a police car. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Escape From New York: Slaughterhouse Refugees Have a Country Place," 1 Oct. 2018 Since making those comments, Bolton has been taking a back seat in the negotiations, but the White House insists he is not being sidelined. Zeke Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "High-level aides to Trump and Kim worked to keep summit on track," 11 June 2018 Picture perfect: As was the case so many times in the White House, Barack Obama took a back seat in the glamour department to his wife when his and Michelle Obama’s official portraits were unveiled. Willie Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dianne Feinstein is in one Democratic Party. Kamala Harris is in another," 17 Feb. 2018 Ricky was riding in a booster seat in the back seat of the car driven by his mother, Sandra Mendoza, 24, when they were hit broadside in February 2017 on Dixie Highway in Fairfield. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Paraplegic 6-year-old’s ‘Daddy’ faces deportation," 4 Jan. 2018 But in the past 24 hours, fears about the substance of the meeting have taken a back seat to political bickering about the guest list. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "After day of negotiations, Democrats and Republicans will be briefed on secret FBI source who aided Russia probe," 24 May 2018 But in the past 24 hours, fears about the substance of the meeting have taken a back seat to political bickering about the guest list. BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats and Republicans briefed on FBI source who aided Russia probe," 24 May 2018 After a trip ends, the reminder to check the back seat appears on the dashboard. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "Despite Prevention Efforts, Hot-Car Casualties Are Rising," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of back seat

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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