back number

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back number


back issue

1. (Journalism & Publishing) an issue of a newspaper, magazine, etc, that appeared on a previous date
2. informal a person or thing considered to be old-fashioned

back′ num′ber

1. an out-of-date issue of a serial publication.
2. Informal. anything out-of-date.
[1805–15, Amer.]

back number

n (of magazine) → numero arretrato
References in classic literature ?
Begin with back numbers published within a few years--say five years from the present date--and let us see what your search over that interval will bring forth.
Rebecca did not seem to think this the expression of an exaggerated state of feeling, inasmuch as she replied, "I know; that's just the way it seemed to me at first, and even now, whenever I'm alone and take out the Pilot back numbers to read over my contributions, I almost burst with pleasure; and it's not that they are good either, for they look worse to me every time I read them.
Get hold of a few back numbers, and study the SUNDAY INTELLIGENCER feature story.
These solutions include call routing of 9-1-1 calls from mobile phones to the appropriate Public-Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and the delivery of call back number and location data to the 9-1-1 dispatcher.
From there, they could choose to lock the device with a password and set a message and a call back number for anyone who finds the phone.
HOLMFIRTH: | The front and back number plates were stolen from a Subaru Impreza on Roaine Drive on May 4.
Gevrey Chambertin proved he is no back number with a resurgent frontrunning victory at Carlisle.
Granted, that was helped in no small part by the fall of Un De Sceaux and Simply Ned running on empty at the finish, but it still highlighted the 11-year-old as no back number just yet.
However, he showed when fourth in last year's World Hurdle that he is no back number and he left the same impression on his first start since when runner-up in last month's Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran.
Seabass showed the benefit of that outing and that he was far from being a back number when running away from his younger rivals to take a novice hurdle over two and a half miles in the hands of Katie Walsh.
His Aintree reappearance suggests he remains no back number and a repeat isn't out of the question, although younger legs are generally preferred.
Last time I checked, he was a back number and Nicola Sturgeon was the new leader.