Definition of Back-number

1. Noun. Someone who is no longer popular.

Exact synonyms: Has-been
Generic synonyms: Golden Ager, Old Person, Oldster, Senior Citizen



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Back-number

back-crosses
back-double
back-doubles
back-end
back-ends
back-form
back-formation
back-formations
back-ganging
back-geared
back-handed compliment
back-handed compliments
back-hander
back-heel
back-knee
back-number (current term)
back-of-an-envelope
back-of-the-envelope
back-pedal
back-pressure renal atrophy
back-reference
back-references
back-seat driver
back-side
back-sides
back-slang
back-slapping
back-stabbing
back-stabby
back-to-back

Literary usage of Back-number

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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 numberĀ«. But back numberĀ« 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. ..."

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