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back order

1. noun An item that is not currently available for sale but can be ordered. No, that dress is sold out, but we can make it a back order for you.
2. verb To order an item that is not currently available for sale. No, that dress is sold out, but we can back order it for you.
See also: back, order

back-order something

[for a merchant] to order something that is not in stock and make delivery to the customer when the goods become available. The store didn't have the replacement part for my vacuum cleaner, so the manager back-ordered it for me. The shop had to back-order some of the items on my list.

back order

An item not currently in stock but to be sold or delivered when it becomes available, as in We don't have the shoes in white, but we can make them a back order. The verb back-order means "to obtain such an item," as in The furniture store is going to back-order the sofa for us.
See also: back, order
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There's no up-front fee, so there's no risk in back-ordering numerous names.
SnapNames, which invented domain name back-ordering in 2000 and is the industry's most trusted infrastructure provider, structures the service as follows:
SnapNames created the domain name industry's first back-ordering system in 2000 and the first transfer fulfillment system in 2004.
The SnapNames platform manages some of the highest quality domain names in existence, and with no up-front fee there's no risk in back-ordering numerous names.
SnapNames, which invented domain name back-ordering in 2000 and is the industry's most trusted infrastructure provider, plans further enhancements to the Transfer Fulfillment platform later this year.
provider of domain name back-ordering and protection services, domain infrastructures and industry data, uses proprietary technology to facilitate an equal-opportunity secondary domain name market, help registrars and resellers expand profitable product inventories, and provide end-users "the best chance at a second chance"(TM) for a desired domain name.