back at (something or some place)

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back at (something or some place)

1. Having returned to some specific building. We should be back at our apartment by 9 PM. I wonder if Tom and the kids are already back at the house.
2. In some specific building that one has already left. Dang it, I forgot my briefcase back at the office.
3. Having returned to some activity, especially school or work, after a hiatus. Sarah's been out sick for a week, but she said she should be back at school on Monday. I really found it hard being back at work after such a long vacation.
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*back (some place)

returned to some place; at some place again. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; arrive ~.) I can't wait till we get back home. When will we get back? Is it much farther?

*back

(at someone) repaying someone for a bad deed. (*Typically: get ~; have ~.) Tom called me a jerk, but I'll get back at him. I don't know how I'll get back for her insult, but I will.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

back

n. one’s support or second in a fight. (From back-up.) I need a back I can depend on.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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