back number


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back number

Someone or something that is out of date, out of fashion, or no longer relevant. Alludes to an issue of a periodical, magazine, or any serial publication that is now out of date. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. While it created quite a controversy in its time, the movie's love scene is a bit of a back number by today's standard. The singer was a huge star in the 1980s, but she's just a back number now.
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back number

Dated, out of style. For example, That hat is really a back number, or The game has changed so fast that a player who returns to the circuit after several years' absence usually finds he or she is a back number . This term originally referred to back issues of periodicals, which are no longer newsworthy. [Late 1800s]
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back number

n. an old-fashioned person. (Like an out-of-print issue of a magazine.) Some old back number wearing gaiters wants to have a word with you.
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See More Business showed himself to be no back number last term when he ran an outstanding race to finish third to Best Mate in the Gold Cup.
It's his most laid- back number to date, driven by simple piano chords.
GRADE 1-winning hurdler Grumeti proved he is no back number on the Flat with a game 50-1 victory in the Betfred Cesarewitch that ended the hopes of the Scoop6 player looking to add to their PS240,859 winnings last weekend, writes Graham Green.
Admittedly King Torus is a long way o his 110 pomp, but he is certainly no back number.
But the old stager showed he was no back number at Haydock and it is fitting one of the all-time chasing greats will have his own statue.
Furious Fergie is not exactly a back number at 68, and at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger still has much to achieve now that he has turned 60.
John Queally's charge has plundered the Aintree Hurdle twice and showed he was no back number over two miles when only a length and three-quarters behind Harchibald at the start of the month.
Lungo's charge showed he was no back number by storming home over today's distance at Haydock on his latest outing.
The David Nicholls-trained seven-year-old has fallen to a good-looking handicap mark and is clearly no back number despite his advancing years.
My back number Posts were waiting my attention on my return home in which I found Lisa Piddington's 'One Happy Island' report on Aruba in the travel section of April 27.
This five-year-old was no back number on the flat, winning at Newcastle, Pontefract and Ayr in 2000 and again at Ayr last summer when he was in the care of the recently-retired Julie Camacho.
Denbigh Town, who have used five goalkeepers in the opening six games of their campaign, welcome back number one Darren Edwards for tomorrow's vital Welsh Cup first round tie at Flint Town United.
Those involved with her deserve all the praise for keeping a dual Classic winner in training and her two most recent runs this year have shown she is far from a back number.
The Ballydoyle maestro already dominates the ante-post market for next year's 2000 Guineas and is clearly no back number on that performance.
The 1999 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner showed he was no back number when winning the Rehearsal Chase at Chepstow for the third time on his last outing.