back seat

noun \ ˈbak-ˈsēt \
variants: or less commonly backseat
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

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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First Known Use of back seat

1715



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