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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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where [Alpha] is a weight that penalizes back-orders.
The Transfer Fulfillment system lets ItsYourDomain and SnapNames customers place free back-orders on currently registered domain names and acquire them if they are surrendered by the previous registrants.
If the domain name becomes available and there is only one back-order placed on the name, the name will be transferred to the back-order customer, who will be charged $60.
The Transfer Fulfillment system lets BulkRegister and SnapNames customers, using either companies' web sites, place free back-orders on currently registered domain names and acquire them if the previous registrants surrender them.
BulkRegister, the world's leading B2B registrar, has joined SnapNames'(R) Transfer Fulfillment domain name back-order platform, providing BulkRegister's global network of over 27,000 members preferred access to expired domain names.
To keep up with trends, TIGI relies on Business Objects solutions to track purchases and back-orders of its products from each distributor.
This is, in a way, good news, but back-orders can occur which sometimes prevent us from delivering the high level of customer service for which we strive in all our units.
The company intends that these projections specifically concerning contract(s) award values, future contract awards and estimates concerning back-orders be "forward-looking" and subject to the "Safe Harbors" thereby created by them.
MCEA is committed to resolving back-orders as quickly as