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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
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This legislation will grind new resource development and the energy sector to a halt across Canada and kill jobs that hard-working families depend on to make ends meet, moving us backward when we should be going forward.
I write, with healthy respect for the dangers that may come, for fear that Egypt's Arab Spring may be moving us backward, not forward.