back onto (something)

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back onto (something)

1. To move or maneuver something backwards onto something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "back" and "onto." Ugh, I can't believe I backed my car onto the lawn. Oops, I didn't mean to back my chair onto your coat.
2. To move backwards and strike something in the process. Did I really back onto the lawn? Whoops!
See also: back

back someone or something onto someone or something

to guide or move someone or something backwards onto someone or something. I backed the car onto the flowers accidentally. Using hand signals, the mechanic helped the driver back the car onto the ramp.
See also: back

back onto someone or something

to go backwards, moving or rolling onto someone or something. The motorcycle backed onto my toe. Don't back onto anything as you go down the driveway!
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By then the economy might - might - be getting back onto something like a normal level - exactly what the coalition partners had in mind, even if they're still well behind target.