backbone

Listen:
UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbækbəʊn/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbækˌboʊn/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bakbōn′)


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backbone

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
n
  1. Don't you have any backbone?
  2. Have some backbone!
  3. Show a little backbone!
  4. She has no backbone (at all).
  5. has enough backbone to [win through, succeed, try]
  6. is the backbone of the [company, manufacturing sector, nation]
  7. the [company's] backbone
  8. the [moral, social] backbone of this [company]
  9. [forms, makes up] the backbone of society
  10. [broke, shattered, severed] her backbone
  11. His backbone was injured in the [crash, accident].
  12. has to have his backbone [operated on, repaired]
  13. [sent, felt] shivers down his backbone
  14. felt (cold) sweat run down his backbone
n as adj
  1. (digital) backbone [servers, networks, mainframes, connections]
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