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1 a column of bones supporting the trunk of a vertebrate animal
  • found the backbone of a fish lying on the beach

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2 the strength of mind that enables a person to endure pain or hardship
  • it takes backbone to stand up to the kind of suffering that some cancer patients must endure

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The first known use of backbone was in the 14th century

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“Backbone.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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to insert between existing elements

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