from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative spelling of backup.
  • n. Alternative spelling of backup.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Mechanism or levers by which the forward motion of a motor-car or -vehicle is reversed.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • And try to have some sort of long-term back-up plan.

    Nina Collins: Why Remarry?

  • The new site lacked sufficient customer call back-up, and when Ad Age reported that customers were spending 19% more on the site, the company cheered, only to learn that really meant people were spending that time in frustration.

  • Two girls are threatening each other with knives, encouraged by a gang of fellow-teenagers: before police back-up arrives, Lynn successfully deals with the immediate threat, until someone in the crowd fires a gun - Lynn is injured and one of the girls is killed.

    Book review

  • Fortunately, my wife, who joined me on this approximately 15-hour vacation, and I had a back-up plan.

    The Apthorp Show

  • But Renault has already kick-started a back-up ultra low cost car project in Chennai.

    Emerging-Market Education Of Renault-Nissan's Carlos Ghosn

  • But I tend to be overly cautious too, and try to have at least 3 back-up plans!

    Here we go Again

  • I have a small bank account in Mexico for a back-up but never need it.

    Banking between USA and Mexico

  • I carry around my debit card with a smaller daily limit for regular use and keep the Visa debit card for credit card purchases, larger withdrawals, and a back-up card but don't usually carry it for safety reasons. gpkisner

    Banking between USA and Mexico

  • - The Muppet Show might buy Alistair Darling as a back-up for their Sam the Eagle puppet - they wouldn't even have to attach strings, as Gordon's already done that for them, although he appears to have some problems operating them from overseas ...

    Brown Launches New Debt Initiative

  • Gus and I are glad to have some back-up on this fashion 9-1-1 call.

    Our Merchant-Ivory Weekend


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