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move backward

1. To move to a position or in the direction directly behind oneself. I moved backward in alarm when the patient began convulsing. I didn't have space to turn the car around, so I had to move backward to get out of the alleyway.
2. To cause or compel someone or something to move to a position or in the direction directly behind them. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "move" and "backward." The teacher moved me backward a few steps so that I was in line with everyone else. I can't move this thing backward without being able to see behind me!
See also: backward, move
References in classic literature ?
"Now that we have stopped, we are moving backward! Can't you see?
Yet each stood firmly in his place not moving backward or forward a foot for a good half hour, nor thinking of crying "Enough!" though some chance blow seemed likely to knock one or the other off the narrow foot-bridge.
"And I, also -- I was also wretchedly off," he answered, moving backward and forward as he spoke; "and had it not been for the hostess," he added, with his air of vulgar self-complacency, "who is very agreeable and understands a joke, I should have got a lodging elsewhere."
Moving backward in viewing the area it revealed the huge buildings which included working apces and the "hole" which was the entrance to the entrance to the Penwell Coal Co.
The driver's head was "bobbing", he was foaming at the mouth and moving backward and forward.
The planet moves in opposite direction to the earth, goes slower and gives the illusion that it is moving backward.
Barker said Mr Moon was still moving when he made the second call and added: "He was moving backward and forwards, to the fridge and the sink."
It's moving backward in time instead of moving forward in time, it's not solving the problem," she added.
What can the next generation do to counter these attacks and take action to protect the real meaning of religious freedom and prevent our country from moving backward?
We are moving backward to that lifestyle of Christianity.
Internal as well as foreign investors were upset and the wheel of the economy was moving backward instead of going ahead.
Concentrate on sure footwork--toe/ heel moving backward, heel/toe moving forward--while maintaining front-sight focus.
We are moving backward to an era of contempt for the rights of people who have been forced to flee their homes, because the threats they face there are more dangerous even than the perils of their voyage.
The site's critical consensus reads, "The Assassination of Versace starts with a bang and unfurls slowly, moving backward through an intricate (and occasionally convoluted) murder mystery anchored by a career-defining performance from Darren Criss."