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.
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.
to bend over backwards
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