back into (someone or something)

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back into (someone or something)

1. To move or maneuver something backwards into something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "back" and "into." Can you help me? I'm having a hard time backing into this parking space. Ugh, I can't believe I backed my car into that pole.
2. To bump into or strike someone or something while moving backwards. Oops, I didn't mean to back into you—didn't see you there!
3. In sports, to secure a position in the postseason due to the loss of another team, as opposed to the victory of one's own. The team had suffered four straight losses at the end of the season, but thanks to the poor performance of their division rivals, they ended up backing into the playoffs anyway.
See also: back
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

back someone or something into someone or something

to guide or move someone or something backwards into someone or something. Don't back your car into anyone. Using hand signals, the attendant backed all the cars into the parking spaces.
See also: back

back into someone or something

to move backwards, bumping into someone or something; to move a car backwards into something, such as a garage or a parking space. (See also back someone or something into someone or something.) I'm sorry. I didn't mean to back into you. I backed into the potted plant.
See also: back
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Her plan was to get back into one of the shops of the company for which she had worked before, and the child could be put with some decent woman in the country.
While both the Gloucester Road properties are luxury family homes in their own right, the coincidence of them both appearing on the market at the same time means a lucky buyer could snap them both up and turn two back into one, creating undoubtedly one of the grandest homes in the area.
Ball and Percival manager Karen Potter says: ``This is such an exciting opportunity because, although the two separate properties are gorgeous, to turn them back into one house would make a phenomenal home with tremendous character.
Back outside on the street, one still harbored the impression of having been in the planetarium of some museum of science, until somewhere on the way to the train station that flower-shaped red label from the glowing pedestal popped back into one's head: the logo of Manor, the clothing line that voted Hess this year's winner of its arts prize and which thus was responsible for this very exhibition--called, in turn, "To the Manor Born." The recycling of signifiers alternates between the everyday and art.