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To arm the lead
To arms
To array a panel
To arrive at
To assert one's self
To assign dower
To assume the calotte
To assure upon
To authorize one's self
To avail one's self of
To avise one's self
To back a rope
To back a warrant
To back an anchor
To back and fill
To back out
To back the field
To back the oars
To back the sails
To back up
To back water
To bagpipe the mizzen
To bake astern
To bank a fire
To bank up a fire
To bargain away
To bate an ace
To batten down
To batten down the hatches
To be

To back down definitions

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Back Back, v. i. 1. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back. 2. (Naut.) To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; -- used of the wind. 3. (Sporting) To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; -- said of a dog. [Eng.] To back and fill, to manage the sails of a ship so that the wind strikes them alternately in front and behind, in order to keep the ship in the middle of a river or channel while the current or tide carries the vessel against the wind. Hence: (Fig.) To take opposite positions alternately; to assert and deny. [Colloq.] To back out, To back down, to retreat or withdraw from a promise, engagement, or contest; to recede. [Colloq.] Cleon at first . . . was willing to go; but, finding that he [Nicias] was in earnest, he tried to back out. --Jowett (Thucyd. )



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