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Meaning of “backwards” in the English Dictionary

"backwards" in British English

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backwardsadverb

uk   /ˈbæk.wədz/  us   /-wɚdz/ mainly UK (US usually backward)
B1 towards the ​direction that is ​opposite to the one in which you are ​facing or ​opposite to the ​usualdirection: I ​walked backwards towards the ​door. He took a ​step backwards to ​allow her to ​pass. He ​begancounting backwards: "Ten, nine, eight..."
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returning to ​older and less ​effectiveways: The ​breakdown in ​negotiations will be ​seen as a ​step backwards.backwards and forwards first in one ​direction and then in the ​opposite one: Paul ​pacedanxiously backwards and ​forwards.

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