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back-to-back

1. adjective Consecutive and in quick succession; one after another. The team secured back-to-back victories this afternoon, thanks to their fantastic goalkeeper.
2. adjective Of houses, built so that the back gardens or terraces of two houses are conjoined and then bisected by a partitioning wall or small alley. Primarily heard in UK. We were worried that our new back-to-back house wouldn't offer as much privacy, but our terrace is completely our own.
3. adverb Done or occurring consecutively and in quick succession. They're going to show the two films back-to-back this afternoon.
4. noun A house with back-to-back gardens or terraces. Primarily heard in UK. The new housing estate is going to be made up entirely of back-to-backs.

back-to-back

 
1. Lit. adjacent and touching backs. They started the duel by standing back-to-back. Two people who stand back-to-back can manage to see in all directions.
2. Fig. following immediately. (Actually such things are front to back, with the "end" of one event followed in time by the beginning of another.) The doctor had appointments set up back-to-back all day long. I have three lecture courses back-to-back every day of the week.

back-to-back

  (mainly American)
back-to-back events happen one after the other He appeared in three back-to-back interviews on television last night. His idea of a good time is to go to three French movies back-to-back.
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BACK-to-back and up the yard was the lived experience of hundreds of thousands of Brummies from the early 1800s to the late 1960s.
Houses in our street were a mixture of various types, mostly back-to-back on one side and terrace types on the other side.
These contrasted greatly to the back-to-back houses in courts at best described as adequate, with no hot water, no bathrooms and shared domestic facilities of lavatories, brew-houses and miskins.
It was from these memories came the realisation that all over Birmingham there must be many thousands of people who also remember their own street and their own friends and neighbours that once lived as I did in a back-to-back house.
Brummies in a yard of back-to-backs in the 1920s in the Summer Lane |neighbourhood
Below, inside a back-to-back on Summer Lane in the 1930s
That's the bizarre plea from the National Trust as they prepare Birmingham's old back-to-back houses for opening as a hot tourist attraction this summer.
Dark, lacking in ventilation, cramped, unhealthy and with a lack of privacy, back-to-backs drew condemnation early on.
Manchester banned the building of back-to-backs in 1844.
Indeed, the last back-to-backs in Hingeston Street, Brookfields, and in parts of Balsall Heath, Bordesley, Ladywood and Aston were not cleared until 1969 or 1970.
She said: "Renovating the back-to-back houses is a big priority for us.
Mrs Perkins said a typical back-to-back was a three-storey building with a room on each floor.
CORONATION Street's Sunita found herself in familiar territory when she visited Birmingham's famous Back-to-Back houses.
Plans for the back-to-backs include possibly converting the cottages into four four-bedroom houses.
CONSERVATIONISTS are aiming to protect a second set of city back-to-back houses as a heritage attraction for future generations.