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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.
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vb (tr)
to attack in a deceitful manner
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"Naidu backstabbed his own father in law NTR and he can backstab anyone for his and his family's prosperity", Modi said.
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