backwards and forwards meaning, backwards and forwards definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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backwards  


in AM, use backward     
1       adv   If you move or look backwards, you move or look in the direction that your back is facing.  
ADV after v  
The diver flipped over backwards into the water..., He took two steps backward..., Bess glanced backwards..., Keeping your back straight, swing one leg backwards.     
      Backwards is also an adjective., adj   ADJ n  
Without so much as a backwards glance, he steered her towards the car.     
2       adv   If you do something backwards, you do it in the opposite way to the usual way.  
ADV after v  
He works backwards, building a house from the top downwards.     
3       adv   You use backwards to indicate that something changes or develops in a way that is not an improvement, but is a return to old ideas or methods.  
ADV after v, n ADV  
Greater government intervention in businesses would represent a step backwards., ...the blaming that keeps us looking backward.     
4   
    backward  
5    If someone or something moves backwards and forwards, they move repeatedly first in one direction and then in the opposite direction.  
backwards and forwards             phrase   PHR after v  
Draw the floss backwards and forwards between the teeth., ...people travelling backwards and forwards to and from London.     
6   
    to bend over backwards  
    bend  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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backwards  
in AM, use backward     
1       adv   If you move or look backwards, you move or look in the direction that your back is facing.  
ADV after v  
The diver flipped over backwards into the water..., He took two steps backward..., Bess glanced backwards..., Keeping your back straight, swing one leg backwards.     
      Backwards is also an adjective., adj   ADJ n  
Without so much as a backwards glance, he steered her towards the car.     
2       adv   If you do something backwards, you do it in the opposite way to the usual way.  
ADV after v  
He works backwards, building a house from the top downwards.     
3       adv   You use backwards to indicate that something changes or develops in a way that is not an improvement, but is a return to old ideas or methods.  
ADV after v, n ADV  
Greater government intervention in businesses would represent a step backwards., ...the blaming that keeps us looking backward.     
4   
    backward  
5    If someone or something moves backwards and forwards, they move repeatedly first in one direction and then in the opposite direction.  
backwards and forwards      phrase   PHR after v  
Draw the floss backwards and forwards between the teeth., ...people travelling backwards and forwards to and from London.     
6   
    to bend over backwards  
    bend  

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
n.
a false acronym created "backwards", i.e. from a phrase deliberately invented to generate the acronym, e.g. posh "port out starboard home".
n.
an exercise consisting in controlled downward and/or forward movement, used for weight training
adj.
inclined to bring forward small faults; made to confuse in argument

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