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(in) back of (something)

Behind something. There was some more honey in the cabinet—I found it in back of all the cereal boxes.
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back of

Also, at the back of; in back of. Behind; also, supporting. For example, The special brands were stored back of the counter, or "Franklin stood back of me in everything I wanted to do" (Eleanor Roosevelt, quoted by Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic Monthly, March 1970). The first term, dating from the late 1600s, was long criticized as an undesirable colloquialism but today is generally considered acceptable. The variants, at the back of, from about 1400, and in back of, from the early 1900s, also can be used both literally and figuratively and could be substituted for back of in either example. Also see back of beyond.
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In the back of the third album Momma had begun to paste in pictures of us: Cal, her and me, pictures that, unlike any other photographs, she labelled: "Cal cleaning fish, lucky catch ...;" "The boys fixing(and breaking) the car;" "Cal and me, off to the movies." I had taken the shot before the movies.
But you also want to do an overhead press, which gets at the triceps in the back of your arms and the deltoids in your shoulders.
The changes to the back of the die proposed by the designer for the next computer simulation are shown by the red line, which opens up regions of low velocity and restricts regions of high velocity.
Overextending your legs with each pedal stroke can result in Achilles tendinitis, hamstrings problems and pain in the back of the knee, especially if your feet are fixed in cleats.
(The flex position "opens up" the spinal column, enlarging the spaces between vertebrae at the back of the spine.) If a disk between vertebrae is compressed, people may feel pain radiating down the leg (sciatica).
He had never been a big talker but he used to sneak up behind me and plant wet, sloppy kisses on the back of my neck and leave surprises...
Stand behind a chair with your hands on the back of the chair.
Slash at the new driver (if the pass is made to the open player, X2) at an angle that would put him behind the driver and let him go for the block with his belly facing the back of the driver and his right hand going for the ball.
The first event was the 50 Passenger Dash, an ordeal consisting of running from the back of the bus to the front of the bus, tagging the person in the front passenger seat, then running to the back of the bus as fast as possible, then drinking a shot of Crown Royal.
You can find it by placing both your hands on your hipbones and sliding your thumbs down floe back of your pelvis, heading toward making a letter V.
Lengthen the back of your neck, bringing your chin toward your chest until your head lifts.
For example, says Moskowitz, "keeping your quadriceps and hamstrings good and strong can slow down the onset or progression of osteoarthritis of the knee." The stronger the muscles in the front and back of the thighs, the greater the load they can take off the knee.
I know this may sound confusing--the special cable has two connectors for internal drives and an external connector that mounts to the back of the computer and that can be used for connection to 50 pin mini-SCSI connectors, like the one that works with the Ecrix drive.
Before we're started good, I can feel the car-air shrinking and my stomach starts reaching for the back of my throat, and I don't know if I can make it all the way without throwing up.
Lie on your back with your knees up and slightly separated, feet flat on the floor, chin tucked down towards the chest, the back of the neck extended upward comfortably, and your shoulder blades pulled back and down touching the floor while pushing the low back into the floor.