To back and fill
Fill Fill, v. i. 1. To become full; to have the whole capacity occupied; to have an abundant supply; to be satiated; as, corn fills well in a warm season; the sail fills with the wind. [1913 Webster]

2. To fill a cup or glass for drinking. [1913 Webster]

Give me some wine; fill full. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To back and fill}. See under {Back}, v. i.

{To fill up}, to grow or become quite full; as, the channel of the river fills up with sand. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To back and fill — Back Back, v. i. 1. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; used of the wind. [1913 Webster] 3. (Sporting) To stand still… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • back and fill — phrasal 1. : to alternately back the sails and fill the sails of a ship so as to keep it clear of the shore and obstructions while the current of a river or channel carries it down 2. : to take opposite positions alternately : alternately favor… …   Useful english dictionary

  • back and fill — Synonyms and related words: about ship, alternate, battledore and shuttlecock, bear away, bear off, bear to starboard, beat, beat about, box off, break, bring about, bring round, cant, cant round, cast, cast about, change, change course, change… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • back and fill — naut. idi a) navig. to trim the sails of a boat so that the wind strikes them first on the forward and then on the after side b) idi to change one s opinion or position; vacillate …   From formal English to slang

  • back and fill — phrasal 1. to manage the sails of a ship so as to keep it clear of obstructions as it floats down with the current of a river or channel 2. to take opposite positions alternately ; shilly shally …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To back down — Back Back, v. i. 1. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; used of the wind. [1913 Webster] 3. (Sporting) To stand still… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To back out — Back Back, v. i. 1. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; used of the wind. [1913 Webster] 3. (Sporting) To stand still… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To Hull and Back — Infobox Only Fools and Horses episode name = To Hull and Back Series = Christmas Special writer = John Sullivan director = Ray Butt producer = Ray Butt Duration = 90 minutes Airdate = 25 December 1985 Audience = 16.9 million Cast = To Hull and… …   Wikipedia

  • Fill — Fill, v. i. 1. To become full; to have the whole capacity occupied; to have an abundant supply; to be satiated; as, corn fills well in a warm season; the sail fills with the wind. [1913 Webster] 2. To fill a cup or glass for drinking. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To fill up — Fill Fill, v. i. 1. To become full; to have the whole capacity occupied; to have an abundant supply; to be satiated; as, corn fills well in a warm season; the sail fills with the wind. [1913 Webster] 2. To fill a cup or glass for drinking. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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