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Spanish translation of “back”


noun /bӕk/
in man, the part of the body from the neck to the bottom of the spine She lay on her back. in animals, the upper part of the body She put the saddle on the horse’s back. that part of anything opposite to or furthest from the front
parte trasera, fondo
the back of the house She sat at the back of the hall.
in soccer, hockey etc a player who plays behind the forwards. backer noun a person who supports someone or something, especially with money She needs backers for a new business venture. backbite verb to criticize a person when he is not present.
hablar mal, criticar por la espalda
backbiting noun Constant backbiting by her colleagues led to her resignation. backbone noun the spine the backbone of a fish. the chief support
piedra angular, sostén
These players will continue to form the backbone of the team.
backbreaking adjective (of a task etc) very difficult or requiring very hard work
deslomador, pesado
Digging the garden is a backbreaking job.
backdate verb to put an earlier date on (a cheque etc)
He should have paid his bill last month and so he has backdated the cheque.
to make payable from a date in the past
Our rise in pay was backdated to April.
backfire verb (of a plan etc) to have unexpected results, often opposite to the intended results
salir el tiro por la culata
His scheme backfired (on him), and he lost money.
(of a motor-car etc) to make a loud bang because of unburnt gases in the exhaust system The car backfired.
background noun the space behind the principal or most important figures or objects of a picture etc He always paints ships against a background of stormy skies She had drawn some trees in the background of the picture. happenings that go before, and help to explain, an event etc He explained the background of the current situation. a person’s origins, education etc She was ashamed of her humble background. backhand noun in tennis etc, a stroke or shot with the back of one’s hand turned towards the ball a clever backhand His backhand is very strong. writing with the letters sloping backwards
letra/caligrafía inclinada a la izquierda
I can always recognize her backhand.
backlog noun a pile of uncompleted work etc which has collected
atrasos, trabajo acumulado
A backlog of orders had built up because of the strike.
back number noun an out-of-date copy or issue of a magazine etc He collects back numbers of music magazines. backpack noun (especially American) a bag that walkers, people who go on trips, or students carry on their backs. backpacking: go backpacking to go on trips or go camping carrying a backpack. They went backpacking around Europe. backpacker noun
mochilero, persona que viaja con mochila
backside noun the bottom or buttocks
trasero, nalgas, posaderas
He sits on his backside all day long doing nothing.
backslash noun the sign (\).
barra invertida
backstroke noun in swimming, a stroke made when lying on one’s back in the water Tina is good at backstroke. backup noun additional people who provide help when it is needed The police officer requested some backup when the shooting began. a copy of a computer file that can be used in case the original is destroyed. You should always make a backup of the file you are working on. (also adjective ) a piece of equipment, a system etc that can be used when there is a problem with the original one a backup plan We have a backup generator in case the power fails. backwash noun a backward current eg that following a ship’s passage through the water the backwash of the steamer. the unintentional results of an action, situation etc The backwash of the company’s financial troubles affected several other smaller businesses. backwater noun a stretch of river not in the main stream. a place not affected by what is happening in the world outside That village is a quiet backwater with few visitors. backyard noun (especially American ) a garden at the back of a house etc He grows vegetables in his backyard. back down to give up one’s opinion, claim etc She backed down in the face of strong opposition. back of (American) behind He parked back of the store. back on to (of a building etc) to have its back next to (something)
dar a
My house backs on to the racecourse.
back out to move out backwards He opened the garage door and backed (his car) out. to withdraw from a promise etc
echarse/volverse atrás; no cumplir
You promised to help – you mustn’t back out now!
back up to support or encourage The new evidence backs up my arguments Would you be willing to back me up if I put the suggestion to the boss? to make a copy of the information stored on the computer or disk.
hacer una copia de seguridad/reserva
have one’s back to the wall to be in a very difficult or desperate situation
estar entre la espada y la pared
He certainly has his back to the wall as he has lost his job and cannot find another one.
put someone’s back up to anger someone He put my back up with his boasting. take a back seat to take an unimportant position
situarse en un segundo plano
At these discussions, he always takes a back seat and listens to others talking.
(Definition of back from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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