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back-to-back

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. Lit. adjacent and touching backs. They started the duel by standing back-to-back. Two people who stand back-to-back can manage to see in all directions.
2. Fig. following immediately. (Actually such things are front to back, with the "end" of one event followed in time by the beginning of another.) The doctor had appointments set up back-to-back all day long. I have three lecture courses back-to-back every day of the week.

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]
See also: back

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
See also: back

back to back

Consecutively and without interruption: presented three speeches back to back.
See also: back
References in classic literature ?
Through three other chambers and past three more massive doors, at each of which her guard was changed, the girl was conducted before she was ushered into a comparatively small room, back and forth across the floor of which paced a man in a scarlet tunic, upon the front and back of which was embroidered an enormous parrot and upon whose head was a barbaric headdress surmounted by a stuffed parrot.
His eyes seemed chained to her exquisite features, from which they moved no further than to a rounded breast, part hid beneath its jeweled covering, a naked shoulder or the symmetry of a perfect arm, resplendent in bracelets of barbaric magnificence.
Rose considered them by far the most exciting dramas she had ever witnessed; and when the performance closed with a grand ballet of Feejee Islanders, whose barbaric yells alarmed the gulls, she had no words in which to express her gratification.
It was a scene of wondrous and barbaric splendor, for the men and beasts from the south were gaily caparisoned in rich colors, in marked contrast to the gray uniformed forces of the frontier, with which I had been familiar.
I took my place among them, although I hate crowds, and I am glad that I did, for I witnessed such a spectacle of barbaric splendor as no other Pan-American has ever looked upon.
Lady Carey came sweeping in, wonderful in a black velvet gown and a display of jewels almost barbaric.
A certain barbaric Power with valuable possessions on the map of the world, had occasion for the services of one or two engineers, quick in invention and determined in execution: practical men, who could make the men and means their ingenuity perceived to be wanted out of the best materials they could find at hand; and who were as bold and fertile in the adaptation of such materials to their purpose, as in the conception of their purpose itself.
WATCH TREVOR IN DAVID COPPERFIELD IN BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES ON SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER, FROM 12-3PM ON DRAMA, AND DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY IN BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES ON SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER, FROM 12-4PM ON DRAMA.
According to David Vincent, home-run expert for the Society of American Baseball Research, teammates who have powered the most back-to-back home runs are Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig of the Yankees (16), and Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews of the Braves (16).
I am a tour guide at Birmingham back-to-backs, and also grew up in a similar yard.
The new accelerometer is said to be Kistler's most accurate and repeatable low impedance, back-to-back, vibration calibration standard and features low base strain, long-term and thermal stability and high frequency response.
3 points per game, best in the NBA) takes on an overachieving Hawks squad which has won back-to-back games-- perfect letdown game for the Hawks at home although they will still cover the spread.
MPC and MPX quick connects are an industry standard and the new back-to-back insert adapters build upon the successful introduction of our back-to-back body adapters, said John Boehm, business unit manager, bioprocessing markets.
Rates for these back-to-back cruises begin at $1,048.