backwards(redirected from bent over backwards)
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If you move or look backwards, you move or look in the direction your back is facing.
If you do something backwards, you do it the opposite way to the usual way.
Speakers of American English sometimes say backward instead of 'backwards'.
In both British and American English, backward is an adjective. A backward movement or look is one in which someone or something moves or looks backwards.
When backward is an adjective, it can only be used in front of a noun.
|Adv.||1.||backwards - at or to or toward the back or rear; "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car"|
|2.||backwards - in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal; "it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'"; "the child put her jersey on backward"|
to take a step backwards → faire un pas en arrière
to fall backwards → tomber à la renverse
to move backwards and forwards → faire des allées et venues
people travelling backwards and forwards to and from London
BUT les gens qui font la navette pour aller à Londres.
to know sth backwards, to know sth backwards and forwards (US) (= thoroughly) → connaître qch sur le bout des doigts
to look backwards to the past → regarder en arrière vers le passé