Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Back (To).

 Bachelor’s Wife (A).Back and Edge. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Back (To).
To support with money, influence, or encouragement: as to “back a friend.” A commercial term meaning to endorse. When a merchant backs or endorses a bill, he guarantees its value.   1
   Falstaff says to the Prince:—   2
        “You care not who sees your back. Call you that backing of your friends? A plague upon such backing!”—Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV., ii. 4.
        “Englishmen will fight now as well as ever they did; and there is ample power to back them.”—W. Robertson: John Bright, chap. xxxi. p. 298.

 Bachelor’s Wife (A).Back and Edge. 


Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.