back seat

\ 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

Examples of back seat in a Sentence

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Four men dressed in camouflage uniforms jumped out, grabbed me, threw me face-down into the back seat and sped away. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "A Regime Still Fighting the ‘Great Satan’," 1 Mar. 2019 Just not so easy to get into the back seat of a car with 3 dogs at the end of a long work day!! Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Marc Jacobs Tries Out Balenciaga’s Most Memed-About XXL Coat," 21 Nov. 2018 Juana, exhausted, crawled into the back seat of the minivan, held her Bible to her chest, and slept. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Eight drivers, five days: A migrant’s emotional journey to find her daughter," 11 July 2018 So the ride-hail company just rolled out a new app redesign to push riders to climb into the back seat together. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: It's Business Time," 10 June 2018 The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted photos of a handcuffed Wiggins, grimacing as he was placed into the back seat of a law enforcement vehicle Friday morning. CBS News, "Suspect in fatal shooting of Tennessee sheriff's deputy in custody," 1 June 2018 Sanchez got into the back seat of a car driven by the co-defendant. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Man gets 55 years in prison for Aurora murder," 24 May 2018 At least three more could have fit into the back seat of her car. Edwidge Danticat, The New Yorker, "Without Inspection," 7 May 2018 While in the police car, Thompson removed a bag containing powder cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and ecstasy and shoved it into the back seat. Hanna Krueger,, "Man convicted after trying to hide drugs in backseat of police car," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of back seat

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of back seat was in 1715

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