Definition of Back-number
1. Noun. Someone who is no longer popular.
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Literary usage of Back-number
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"Back number, a. One who is behind the times ; a " has-been." 1910 So far as the University of ... If he delivers a written sermon, he is a back-number. ..."
2. Peterson's Magazine (1876)
"... Trollope. lie never, back number«. But back number« cao be supplied to all \ indeed, ri^ea to high tragic power; ..."
3. A Book for All Readers: Designed as an Aid to the Collection, Use, and by Ainsworth Rand Spofford (1900)
"Do not dread the empty sarcasm, that may grow out of the exclusion of freshly printed trash, that your library is a "back number." To some poor souls every ..."
4. The Human Factor in Works Management by James Hartness (1912)
"If we stake our faith on this or that as a "sure thing," we may discover some fine morning that our "sure thing" is a back number. ..."