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back into (someone or something)
1. To move or maneuver something backwards into something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "back" and "into." Can you help me? I'm having a hard time backing into this parking space. Ugh, I can't believe I backed my car into that pole.
2. To bump into or strike someone or something while moving backwards. Oops, I didn't mean to back into you—didn't see you there!
3. In sports, to secure a position in the postseason due to the loss of another team, as opposed to the victory of one's own. The team had suffered four straight losses at the end of the season, but thanks to the poor performance of their division rivals, they ended up backing into the playoffs anyway.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
back someone or something into someone or something
to guide or move someone or something backwards into someone or something. Don't back your car into anyone. Using hand signals, the attendant backed all the cars into the parking spaces.
back into someone or something
to move backwards, bumping into someone or something; to move a car backwards into something, such as a garage or a parking space. (See also back someone or something into someone or something.) I'm sorry. I didn't mean to back into you. I backed into the potted plant.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.