backstabbing

noun back·stab·bing \ ˈbak-ˌsta-biŋ \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of backstabbing

:betrayal (as by a verbal attack against one not present) especially by a false friend

backstab

play \ˈbak-ˌstab\ verb
    • She was known to backstab her coworkers

backstabber

play \ˈbak-ˌsta-bər\ noun
    • He had a reputation as a gossiper and backstabber.

backstabby

play \ˈbak-ˌsta-bē\ adjective, informal
    • competitive backstabby people

Examples of backstabbing in a Sentence

  1. She was hurt by her former friend's backstabbing.

  2. a reality TV show that seems to have raised backstabbing to an art form

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First Known Use of backstabbing

1855


BACKSTABBING Defined for English Language Learners

backstabbing

noun

Definition of backstabbing for English Language Learners

  • : harmful and unfair things that are said or done to hurt the reputation of someone


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