back seat
See: TAKE A BACK SEAT.

Dictionary of American idioms. 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 — 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… …   Dictionary of contemporary 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

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