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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BACKBONE

Among all the refugees, there is not one more loyal to the backbone than we.

If the hunter fires then, over the horn, he will strike the beast's backbone.

She was a princess to the backbone, at all hours, and in all places.

Fifty pounds at the end of his backbone, he had had enough of it, thank you!

Nothing makes a nicer tourte in this way than large soles, taking off the flesh from the backbone, without the side fins.

When cut, it should be done with a fish trowel, and the parts about the backbone on the shoulders are the firmest and the best.

Choose them of two or three pounds weight; take out the gills, eyes, and entrails, and remove the blood from the backbone.

The deemsters, as we have seen, literally swear by its backbone.

In six months he was Unionist to the backbone, and not only Unionist but Conservative.

He crossed the backbone of the range and began the descent on the eastern side.

WORD ORIGIN

"spine," early 14c., from back (n.) + bone (n.). Figurative sense of "strength of character" is attested from 1843.

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