To go back on
Back Back, adv. [Shortened from aback.] 1. In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step back. [1913 Webster]

2. To the place from which one came; to the place or person from which something is taken or derived; as, to go back for something left behind; to go back to one's native place; to put a book back after reading it. [1913 Webster]

3. To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back to private life; to go back to barbarism. [1913 Webster]

4. (Of time) In times past; ago. ``Sixty or seventy years back.'' --Gladstone. [1913 Webster]

5. Away from contact; by reverse movement. [1913 Webster]

The angel of the Lord . . . came, and rolled back the stone from the door. --Matt. xxviii. 2. [1913 Webster]

6. In concealment or reserve; in one's own possession; as, to keep back the truth; to keep back part of the money due to another. [1913 Webster]

7. In a state of restraint or hindrance. [1913 Webster]

The Lord hath kept thee back from honor. --Numb. xxiv. 11. [1913 Webster]

8. In return, repayment, or requital. [1913 Webster]

What have I to give you back? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

9. In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking; as, he took back the offensive words. [1913 Webster]

10. In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{Back and forth}, backwards and forwards; to and fro.

{To go back on}, to turn back from; to abandon; to betray; as, to go back on a friend; to go back on one's professions. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


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  • To go back on — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • go back on one's word — {v. phr.} To renege; break a promise. * /Patrick went back on his word when he refused to marry Karen in spite of his earlier promise./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go back on one's word — {v. phr.} To renege; break a promise. * /Patrick went back on his word when he refused to marry Karen in spite of his earlier promise./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go back on — {v. phr.} 1. To turn against; not be faithful or loyal to. * /Many of the man s friends went back on him when he was sent to prison./ * /The boy s father told him not to go back on his promise./ Compare: BACK DOWN, TURN ONE S BACK. 2. To fail to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go back on — {v. phr.} 1. To turn against; not be faithful or loyal to. * /Many of the man s friends went back on him when he was sent to prison./ * /The boy s father told him not to go back on his promise./ Compare: BACK DOWN, TURN ONE S BACK. 2. To fail to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To run mad on — Run Run, v. i. [imp. {Ran}or {Run}; p. p. {Run}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Running}.] [OE. rinnen, rennen (imp. ran, p. p. runnen, ronnen). AS. rinnan to flow (imp. ran, p. p. gerunnen), and iernan, irnan, to run (imp. orn, arn, earn, p. p. urnen); akin… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To go a-begging — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To go about — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To go abraod — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To go against — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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