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[bæk]
1. n
1) (of person) schiena, (of animal) dorso, schiena

he fell on his back — è caduto di schiena

he's got a bad back — ha problemi alla schiena

with one's back to the light — con la luce alle spalle

seen from the back — visto (-a) di spalle

back to back — di spalle (uno (-a) contro l'altro (-a), schiena contro schiena

on the horse's back — in groppa al cavallo

behind sb's back — alle spalle di qn, fig alle spalle or dietro le spalle di qn

to break one's back — rompersi la schiena

to break the back of a job Brit — fare il grosso or il peggio di un lavoro

to put one's back into it fam — mettercela tutta

to have one's back to the wall fig — essere or trovarsi con le spalle al muro

to put sb's back up fam — far irritare qn

to get off sb's back fam — lasciare qn in pace

I was glad to see the back of him fam — ero contento che se ne fosse andato

2) (as opposed to front) dietro, (of cheque, envelope, medal, page) retro, rovescio, (of head) nuca, (of hand) dorso, (of hall, room) fondo, (of house, car) parte f posteriore, dietro, (of chair) spalliera, schienale m , (of train) coda

on the back of the cheque — sul retro dell'assegno

at the back of the class — in fondo alla classe

at the back of the house — sul retro della casa

in the back of the car — sul sedile posteriore dell'auto

back to front — all'incontrario

at the back of my mind was the thought that ... — sotto sotto pensavo che...

it's always there at the back of my mind — è sempre lì, non riesco a togliermelo dalla mente

I know Naples like the back of my hand — conosco Napoli come il palmo della mia mano or come le mie tasche

at the back of beyond fam — in capo al mondo

he's at the back of all this — c'è lui dietro a questa storia

3) Sport terzino

right/left back — terzino destro/sinistro

2. adj attr
1) (rear) di dietro, (wheel, seat) posteriore

the back seat — il sedile posteriore

the back door — la porta sul retro

back garden/room — giardino/stanza sul retro (della casa)

back cover — retro della copertina

back kitchen — retrocucina m

back pass Ftbl — passaggio indietro

on the back page — in ultima pagina

to take a back seat fig — restare in secondo piano

he's a back seat driver — sta sempre a criticare chi guida

back street — vicolo

he grew up in the back streets of Cardiff — è cresciuto nei bassifondi di Cardiff

2) (overdue: rent) arretrato (-a)

back payments — arretrati mpl

3. adv
1) (again, returning) often ri- + verb

to give back — ridare

to be back — essere tornato (-a)

when will you be back? — quando torni?

he's not back yet — non è ancora tornato

on the way back — al ritorno

30 km there and back — 30 km fra andata e ritorno

put it back on the shelf — rimettilo sullo scaffale

she hit him back — gli restituì il colpo

I smiled back — ho ricambiato il sorriso

throw the ball back — rilancia la palla

he called back — ha richiamato

can I have it back? — posso riaverlo?

he ran back — tornò indietro di corsa

we went there by bus and walked back — siamo andati in autobus e siamo ritornati a piedi

2) (in distance) indietro

stand back! — indietro!

back and forth — avanti e indietro

a house set back from the road — una casa che non si affaccia sulla strada

3)

(in time) some months back — mesi fa or addietro

as far back as the 13th century — già nel duecento

4. vt
1)

(car) to back the car (into) — entrare (or uscire) in retromarcia (in)

he backed the car out of the garage — è uscito in retromarcia dal garage

2) (support: plan, person, candidate) appoggiare, sostenere, spalleggiare, (financially) finanziare

the union is backing his claim for compensation — il sindacato appoggia la sua domanda di indennizzo

3) (bet on: horse) puntare su

I'm backing Red Rum at Epsom — ho puntato su Red Rum per la corsa di Epsom

5. vi
(move: person) indietreggiare, (car) fare marcia indietro

he backed into me — ha fatto un passo indietro e mi è venuto addosso, (in car) mi è venuto addosso a marcia indietro


English-Italian dictionary. 2013.

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