In a policy of marine insurance coverage, the term "forwards and backwards at ocean" means from slot to port throughout the voyage, and not merely from terminus to the other and back. 1 Taunt. 475.
1510s, from backward with adverbial genitive. Figurative expression fold over backwards is recorded from 1901.
in a fashion or purchase or course the reverse of typical
- at or even to or toward the rear or back
- With the back advance or most important; since, to drive backwards.
- Toward the rear; toward a corner; as, to toss theu000du000a hands backward.
- in the straight back, or utilizing the straight back downward.
- towards, or in, overdue or events; ago.
- By way of reflection; reflexively.
- From a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame, from religion to sin.
- In a contrary or reverse manner, method, or course; contrarily; as, to see backwards.
(adv.) With all the back in advance or foremost; since, to drive backward.
- (adv.) Toward the rear; toward a corner; since, to put the hands backward.
- (adv.) On the back, or because of the straight back downward.
- (adv.) Toward, or perhaps in, past time or occasions; ago.
- (adv.) Through expression; reflexively.
- (adv.) From a better to a worse state, as from honor to shame, from religion to sin.
- (adv.) In a contrary or reverse fashion, way, or course; contrarily; because, to see backwards.
On the north the crag is crowned by a sort of plateau sloping backwards into a round-topped hill.