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back at (something or some place)

1. Having returned to some specific building. We should be back at our apartment by 9 PM. I wonder if Tom and the kids are already back at the house.
2. In some specific building that one has already left. Dang it, I forgot my briefcase back at the office.
3. Having returned to some activity, especially school or work, after a hiatus. Sarah's been out sick for a week, but she said she should be back at school on Monday. I really found it hard being back at work after such a long vacation.
See also: back

back home

1. Having returned to one's home. We should be back home by 9 PM. I wonder if Tom and the kids are already back home.
2. In one's hometown. The food here is pretty good, but the barbecue back home beats it by a mile!
See also: back, home
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*back (some place)

returned to some place; at some place again. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; arrive ~.) I can't wait till we get back home. When will we get back? Is it much farther?


(at someone) repaying someone for a bad deed. (*Typically: get ~; have ~.) Tom called me a jerk, but I'll get back at him. I don't know how I'll get back for her insult, but I will.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


n. one’s support or second in a fight. (From back-up.) I need a back I can depend on.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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When the new law comes into place, backless booster seats will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg.
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In the utterly modern version of Celebration presented here, eight female dancers, clad in Donna Karan's dazzling backless costumes, were joined for the first time by five male dancers.
Here are the two posing for a photo with Rivera proudly showing off her backless black gown.
A recent change to the law around child car seats now means that backless booster seats are only allowed for older children - but that only applies to new models, meaning parents can legally continue to use backless booster seats they already own.
Pair your traditional Kasavu Saree- The white saree with a golden border with a plunging deep back or a backless blouse.
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New laws coming in this year mean that backless booster seats will no longer be suitable for many children in the UK.
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One of the empty units on the arcade opposite the library could be used and backless seats would mean people didn't stay too long.