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tr.v. back·stabbed, back·stab·bing, back·stabs
To disparage or criticize (someone), usually when that person is absent.

back′stab′ber n.


someone who attacks another deceitfully, behind his or her back
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Soon after James was thrown out by Bayley and Sasha with backstabber and Bayle-to-belly suplex.
In 1995, they changed their name to "Soul Intent," and released their first single named "Fuckin' Backstabber," which was released on Mashin' Duck Records.
For good measure, she had to endure the added indignity of being forced to hand a job to backstabber Michael Gove.
Putin happy to meet backstabber @RT_Erdogan , 'We were joking when we said his daughter treats wounded ISIS fighters' pic.
The BJP that had a 17- yearlong alliance with Nitish before the latter snapped ties in June 2013 alleged that the chief minister had been a backstabber.
She added that Siri was obviously playing both sides and called the unique Operating System a backstabber.
Backstabber applying massage on tea maker's shoulder
He protests racial intimidation in Estilette, takes on an abusive lover in Chicago, fights a Paul Bunyan-sized giant in the backwoods of Bemidji, beats up a contemptible womanizer in Nashville, and gives comeuppance to a backstabber in Hollywood.
Corner a backstabber quietly when they least expect it, and point out that you know their game.
SHOWING: Cineworld, Showcase, VUE VERDICT: Bosworth and her young co-stars are wasted in two-dimensional roles, Fishburne glowers in his few scenes, and Spacey dusts off another backstabber from the repertoire
RIPCHORD: Backstabber If someone told you this strobe-lit punk pop came from Liverpool you'd be a fool not to believe them.