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English definition of “on the back of sb/sth”

on the back of sb/sth

by using or taking advantage of someone or something else : They have carried on their business operations by riding on the back of established firms .Using and misusing Grammar:BackBack is an adverb, noun, adjective or verb.Grammar:Back as an adverb[taking a photograph]Grammar:Back as a nounGrammar:Back as an adjectiveGrammar:Back as a verb[talking about a pet dog]
(Definition of on the back of sb/sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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