To back the field

in horse racing, to bet against a particular horse or horses, that some one of all the other horses, collectively designated "the field", will win.
See under Back, v. t.

See also: Back, Field

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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