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Also, at the back of; in back of. Behind; also, supporting. For example, The special brands were stored back of the counter, or "Franklin stood back of me in everything I wanted to do" (Eleanor Roosevelt, quoted by Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic Monthly, March 1970). The first term, dating from the late 1600s, was long criticized as an undesirable colloquialism but today is generally considered acceptable. The variants, at the back of, from about 1400, and in back of, from the early 1900s, also can be used both literally and figuratively and could be substituted for back of in either example. Also see back of beyond.
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Lie on your back with your knees up and slightly separated, feet flat on the floor, chin tucked down towards the chest, the back of the neck extended upward comfortably, and your shoulder blades pulled back and down touching the floor while pushing the low back into the floor.
As the toes begin to move toward the back and the heel forward, it is necessary to bend the working knee and take it clearly back and to the side; the working foot will then attach at the back of the supposing ankle.
Then, tilt toward the floor with the right hand and bring the back of your right hand to the inside of the right calf; the left hand meanwhile has moved toward the ceiling so that the arms are in a vertical line from floor to ceiling.
RF receives signal that pick is on and cheats over to line up back of 1st in case of an errant throw.
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The leg curl is the main single-joint exercise used to isolate the "hams" on the back of the thigh.