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back order

1. noun An item that is not currently available for sale but can be ordered. No, that dress is sold out, but we can make it a back order for you.
2. verb To order an item that is not currently available for sale. No, that dress is sold out, but we can back order it for you.
See also: back, order

back-order something

[for a merchant] to order something that is not in stock and make delivery to the customer when the goods become available. The store didn't have the replacement part for my vacuum cleaner, so the manager back-ordered it for me. The shop had to back-order some of the items on my list.

back order

An item not currently in stock but to be sold or delivered when it becomes available, as in We don't have the shoes in white, but we can make them a back order. The verb back-order means "to obtain such an item," as in The furniture store is going to back-order the sofa for us.
See also: back, order
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The AT&T sites have back ordered the 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus Space Gray to mid or late November and the Sprint's have back ordered for four to six weeks.
In May 2001, there were more than 32,000 consumable units back ordered against end items or higher assemblies in an awaiting parts status.
Second, DLA provides a historical average of the amount of time Air Force customers have had to wait for each part when back ordered, called the conditional delay.
Due to the increase in the use of tantalum capacitors in cell phones, tantalum capacitors are back ordered for up to 8 months.
After hearing testimony from narcotics detectives and a booby trap expert, Judge Brian Back ordered Bradley Neil Raville, 45, to stand trial on 11 felony counts in connection with the June 11 discovery of a booby-trapped drug lab on Rudman Drive.
Some merchants will send e-announcements to let gift recipients know that something is on the way -- great when the item you want is back ordered or you are shopping at the very last minute;
This service is designed to provide up-to-the-minute information on shipping and receiving verification, as well as expected delivery of back ordered items.