back·​stab·​bing | \ ˈbak-ˌsta-biŋ How to pronounce backstabbing (audio) \

Definition of backstabbing

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

Other Words from backstabbing

backstab \ ˈbak-​ˌstab How to pronounce backstabbing (audio) \ verb
She was known to backstab her coworkers
backstabber \ ˈbak-​ˌsta-​bər How to pronounce backstabbing (audio) \ noun
He had a reputation as a gossiper and backstabber.
backstabby \ ˈbak-​ˌsta-​bē How to pronounce backstabbing (audio) \ adjective, informal
competitive backstabby people

Examples of backstabbing in a Sentence

She was hurt by her former friend's backstabbing. a reality TV show that seems to have raised backstabbing to an art form
Recent Examples on the Web Jack Dorsey accused of ‘backstabbing’ his own Twitter board by helping Elon Musk as shareholders meet by Christiaan Hetzner (Some of these stories require a subscription to access. Declan Harty, Fortune, 26 May 2022 Nonetheless, life starts reshaping itself into something very much akin to where it was headed two decades earlier, proving that some behavioral currents (cattiness, backstabbing, etc.) run deeper than wokeness. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 13 May 2022 When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game turns deadly in this look at backstabbing, fake friends and a party gone wrong. Ben Flanagan |, al, 6 May 2022 There is just ambition, backstabbing and a mean streak of bullying. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2022 There are tongue lashings, loud outbursts of indignation, trash talking and all sorts of backstabbing commentary. Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Whereas that title is a podcast set in the 90s, and delves into corporate backstabbing and other excesses around the 1-900 boom of the era, this TV show coming to the streamer is set against the backdrop of a much more universal motif. Andy Meek, BGR, 4 Apr. 2022 Her book is seamy, full of score-settling, gossip and backstabbing. Daniel Rasmussen, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 The qualitative shift in the series begins around the fourth episode, which steps up both the action and the military strategy while also stepping up the backstabbing and character reversals. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of backstabbing

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Backstabbing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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