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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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"We are angry because of the backstabbing by the rebels.
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Martin Chung Catch the train to London, stopping at Rejection, Disappointment, Backstabbing Central and Shattered Dreams Parkway.
June 28: TIME report by Charlie Campbell states that the potholed road to Imran Khan's home in Islamabad curls for a mile up a steep hill, where the cricketer turned politician can escape the dust, fumes and backstabbing of Pakistan's sprawling capital below.
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Accusing Nawaz for backstabbing him, PPP co-chairman said he used my statement to his benefit and tried to mend fences with General Raheel Sharif.
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