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1. adjective Consecutive and in quick succession; one after another. The team secured back-to-back victories this afternoon, thanks to their fantastic goalkeeper.
2. adjective Of houses, built so that the back gardens or terraces of two houses are conjoined and then bisected by a partitioning wall or small alley. Primarily heard in UK. We were worried that our new back-to-back house wouldn't offer as much privacy, but our terrace is completely our own.
3. adverb Done or occurring consecutively and in quick succession. They're going to show the two films back-to-back this afternoon.
4. noun A house with back-to-back gardens or terraces. Primarily heard in UK. The new housing estate is going to be made up entirely of back-to-backs.

back to back

1. With backs close together or touching, as in In the first and second rows of the bus, the seats were back to back, an unusual arrangement. This term also can be applied to persons who stand facing in opposite directions and with their backs touching. [Mid-1800s]
2. Consecutively, one after another, as in I'm exhausted; I had three meetings back to back. [Mid-1900s]
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ˌback to ˈback

1 if two people stand back to back, they stand with their backs facing or touching each other
2 if two or more things happen back to back, they happen one after the other: back-to-back victories/successes
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back to back

Consecutively and without interruption: presented three speeches back to back.
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Birmingham We Lived Back to Back, Fonthill 2016, by Ted Rudge and Mac Joseph (ISBN 978-1-78155-267-4)
All back to backs had blank rear walls with no windows or doors which meant there was no through air and poor sanitation.
The film is lovely and I'm pleased that I can help to tell the story of the back to backs," he said.
He said: "I knew a man who was selling four of the back to backs so I made him an offer.
Like the terraced house that steadily replaced it, the back to back house was a 19th-century response to a specific housing need.
The Back to Backs have been saved and restored by the National Trust in partnership with the Birmingham Conservation Trust.
Back to back |housing on Inge Street before the restoration.
The Back to Back Houses are open throughout Christmas and tours can be booked on 0121 666 7671.
Staff at the Birmingham Back to Back houses in Hurst Street are launching a creative writing course and are looking for new recruits.
THIS year, for the first time ever, Father Christmas is coming to the Birmingham Back to Backs on his whirlwind tour of Great Britain.
Back to backs were part of my childhood REGARDING the photos and article on the "Ballerina Girl" - as most older Brummies will tell you, it's not a street, but a yard of back-to-back houses.
As late as 1960 and despite all the clearances in the 1950s, there were still just over 20,000 back to backs with about 90,000 people living in them.
The Back to Backs on Hurst and Inge Street will be decked out with the colourful bunting to celebrate VE week.