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English definition of “back up someone/something”

back up someone/something

(PROVIDE SUPPORT) phrasal verb with back    /bæk/ verb
to provide support or help to someone or something
(Definition of back up someone/something (PROVIDE SUPPORT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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