Synonyms for backed
Antonyms for backed
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BACKED
I've backed The Dutchman to win a small fortune, and I'm going to stand by it.
At this sound and this sight, my horse, that was shy, backed a little.
Goodall backed me; I got him to write to the admiral; but it would not do.
He backed, and began to stammer an apology; but she did not wait to hear a word of it.
And still the circus advanced, and the horse snorted and backed.
She sprang up and backed from him, horror plain in her wide eyes.
Many's the day, and many's the way in which he has backed me.'
She turned to the window again, and Trenton backed out of the room as best he could.
I bowed very low, faltered some apologies, and backed to the door.
The sweat oozed from his shiny forehead as he backed cautiously away.
Old English bæc "back," from Proto-Germanic *bakam (cf. Old Saxon and Middle Dutch bak, Old Frisian bek), with no known connections outside Germanic.
The cognates mostly have been ousted in this sense in other modern Germanic languages by words akin to Modern English ridge (cf. Danish ryg, German Rücken). Many Indo-European languages show signs of once having distinguished the horizontal back of an animal (or a mountain range) from the upright back of a human. In other cases, a modern word for "back" may come from a word related to "spine" (Italian schiena, Russian spina) or "shoulder, shoulder blade" (Spanish espalda, Polish plecy).
To turn (one's) back on (someone or something) "ignore" is from early 14c. Behind (someone's) back "clandestinely" is from late 14c.
To know (something) like the back of one's hand, implying familiarity, is first attested 1893. The first attested use of the phrase is from a dismissive speech made to a character in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Catriona":
The story, a sequel to "Kidnapped," has a Scottish setting and context, and the back of my hand to you was noted in the late 19th century as a Scottish expression meaning "I will have nothing to do with you" [e.g. "Jamieson's Dictionary of the Scottish Language"]. In English generally, the back of (one's) hand has been used to imply contempt and rejection since at least 1300. Perhaps the connection of a menacing dismissal is what made Stevenson choose that particular anatomical reference.