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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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Vines says given the wide range of models and the large volume of parts required, it is essential that it utilises the most efficient systems to ensure that it can manage and track back ordering of parts in a clear and precise way After reviewing the various systems available, Vines came to the conclusion that the T Cards Direct Parts Ordering System was the only product that would provide the features they needed.
UK-based domain name registrar Internetters has entered into an agreement with SnapNames, a domain name infrastructure technology provider, for the provision of a back ordering and monitoring service.
Internetters has now integrated its registration functionality with a back ordering service from SnapNames.