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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.

back

n. one’s support or second in a fight. (From back-up.) I need a back I can depend on.
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Then they'd settle back again till there was a dog fight.
Just before it was effected, and at the precise moment that Ponta was ready with his own body to receive the snuggling in of Joe's body, Joe drew back slightly and drove with his fists at his opponent's unprotected stomach.
I think that is good advice to follow," put in Tom, "for we do need our goods; and if we reached the settlement ourselves, we would have to send back for our things, with the uncertainty of getting them all.
She kept back, in the dark: not a word, not a movement escaped her.
The other he tried to slip through hers; but she eluded him nimbly, and Frome's heart, which had swung out over a black void, trembled back to safety.
Beaten back on to the deck of his own vessel, and closely followed by a dozen Englishmen, he disengaged himself from them, ran swiftly down the deck, sprang back into the cog once more, cut the rope which held the anchor, and was back in an instant among his crossbow-men.
He had leaped back into the dark stark rawness of the early world almost as swiftly as had Borckman.
At last he reached the other side and Robin leaped lightly from his back.
The wild wave of famished beasts rolled back before them, and Buck shook himself free.
We shrank back against the side-walls, where we were almost out of range.
Evidently he would never leave, or turn his back again.
All this time he had, never once, turned his back upon the corpse; no, not for a moment.
In several ways his opinions were totally changed, and would never go back to what they were before, but the main structure of his character was not changed, and could not be changed.
And when he came back he told the animals it was all right--the sailor was going to lend them the boat.
My greatest wish now," she added, "is to get back to Kansas, for Aunt Em will surely think something dreadful has happened to me, and that will make her put on mourning; and unless the crops are better this year than they were last, I am sure Uncle Henry cannot afford it.