back seat


back seat
.back 'seat
n
1.)
a seat at the back of a car, behind where the driver sits
2.) back seat driver informal
a) a passenger in the back of a car who gives unwanted advice to the driver about how to drive
b) someone in business or politics who tries to control things that they are not really responsible for
3.) take a back seat
to accept a less important position than someone or something else
Finally, Bryant decided to take a back seat and let his son run the company.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • back seat — noun count a seat behind the driver of a car take a back seat 1. ) to become less important: take a back seat to: Other issues must take a back seat to this crisis. 2. ) to deliberately become less active, and give up trying to control things: I… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • back seat — also back seat, 1832, originally of coaches, from BACK (Cf. back) (adj.) + SEAT (Cf. seat) (n.). Back seat driver first attested 1926 …   Etymology dictionary

  • back seat — UK US noun [countable] [singular back seat plural back seats] a seat behind the driver of a car Thesaurus: internal parts of cars and other road vehiclesmeronym makes of car …   Useful english dictionary

  • back seat — a secondary or inconspicuous position: also written backseat n. * * * …   Universalium

  • back seat — a secondary or inconspicuous position: also written backseat n …   English World dictionary

  • back seat — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms back seat : singular back seat plural back seats a seat behind the driver of a car • take a back seat …   English dictionary

  • ˌback ˈseat — noun [C] a seat behind the driver of a car • take a back seat to have a less important position than someone or something else[/ex] take a back seat to deliberately become less active, and give up trying to control things[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • back seat — noun 1 (C) a seat at the back of a car, behind where the driver sits 2 back seat driver a) a passenger in the back of a car who gives unwanted advice to the driver about how to drive b) especially AmE someone in business or politics who tries to… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • back seat — /bæk ˈsit/ (say bak seet) noun 1. a seat at the back. –phrase 2. take a back seat, to retire into obscurity, or into an insignificant or subordinate position …   Australian English dictionary

  • back seat — See: TAKE A BACK SEAT …   Dictionary of American idioms


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