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backwards (also backward)
adv 1 away from one's front; towards the back : He looked backwards over his shoulder. . 2 with the back or the end first ; : It's not easy to run backwards. . * The word `star' is `rats' backwards. star rats. 3 toward a worse or a previous state : Let's take a journey backwards through time, ie imagine we are going back to an earlier period in history. . * Instead of making progress, my work actually seems to be going backwards. , . =>Usage at forward2 forward2. 4 (idm ) ,backward(s) and `forward(s) first in one direction and then in the other : travelling backwards and forwards between London and the south coast * [attrib ] a backward and forward movement . bend/lean over `backwards (to do sth) (infml ) make a great effort ; : Although we bent over backwards to please her, our new manager was still very critical of our work. , . know sth backwards => know.
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:40:59
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backward
/ 5bAkwEd; `bAkwLd/ adj 1 directed towards the back or the starting point ; : a backward glance, somersault . 2 having made or making less than normal progress ; : a very backward part of the country, with no proper roads and no electricity , * John was rather backward as a child; he was nearly three before he could walk. , . 3 [pred ] ~ (in sth) shy; reluctant; hesitant ; ; : Sheila is very clever but rather backward in expressing her ideas. , . Cf forward.
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:40:59
backward
/ 5bAkwEd; `bAkwLd/ adj 1 directed towards the back or the starting point ; : a backward glance, somersault . 2 having made or making less than normal progress ; : a very backward part of the country, with no proper roads and no electricity , * John was rather backward as a child; he was nearly three before he could walk. , . 3 [pred ] ~ (in sth) shy; reluctant; hesitant ; ; : Sheila is very clever but rather backward in expressing her ideas. , . Cf forward.
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:40:59

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