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
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back′ num′ber

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 an out-of-date issue of a serial publication.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 anything out-of-date.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

n (of magazine) → numero arretrato
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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.
The Avonbridge gelding won off a mark of 90 at his peak and while he is probably not the force he once was having recently turned nine, his latest effort suggested he is no back number.
Windforpower is no back number either, at the age of nine, and can prove the point by winning the Betway Classified Stakes.
VANITEUX may have ultimately failed to reach the expected heights, but he can prove he is no back number just yet with victory in the NSPCC School Service Handicap Chase at Kelso.
He may be the most experienced rider in the line-up for the 349th running of the race, but Mullineaux is no back number, having finished third last year in the test over three miles and six furlongs that starts on land owned by the National Stud and finishes up on the July course.
The selection was a top-class sprinter on fast ground in his pomp and the 8-year-old suggested he was no back number when fifth in the Group 2 Temple Strakes on good ground over today's course and distance last month.
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.
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.
The eight-year-old may be reaching the back end of his career now but he is no back number as he brings really top-class form to the table.