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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Someone or something that is out of date, out of fashion, or no longer relevant. Alludes to an issue of a periodical, magazine, or any serial publication that is now out of date.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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a back number

If you call someone a back number, you mean that they are no longer useful or successful. This veteran jockey showed he was no back number by coming third out of a field of 24. Note: A back number of a magazine or newspaper is an edition of it that was published some time ago and is not the most recent.
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a back number

1 an issue of a periodical before the current one. 2 a person whose ideas or methods are out of date and who is no longer relevant or useful.
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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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Morley could also be a bit of an old jibber andmost people thought he was a back number when he lined up for the Martell Hurdle against a quality field and the finish to that race was the closest I've ever come to a heart attack.
The Middlesbrough boss was thought to be a back number in the race to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson after a traumatic spell when the club plunged towards the relegation zone.
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.
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.
Admittedly King Torus is a long way o his 110 pomp, but he is certainly no back number.
But I would like to think that he can take the step up in his stride - he is no back number.
David Nicholls' eight-year old is clearly not the force of old, but the handicapper has relented accordingly and his effort in this year's Stewards' Cup indicated he is no back number just yet.
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.
But on his previous start he showed he was no back number by finishing third in the Gold Cup and, with Paul Nicholls' horses in such form, it makes sense to go for him.
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.
Since 1997, Cox has long provided Enhanced 911 (E911) service as a standard feature in all of its telephone markets, enabling the company to deliver a subscriber's location and call back number automatically to local 911 emergency services personnel.
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.