One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A treacherous act or statement.‘this public disavowal was interpreted as a stab in the back that could not pass unavenged’
- ‘They knew only that it was a rich Spartan colony; capturing it would be a stab in the back of their enemy, bringing the long Peloponnesian War to a quick, triumphal end.’
- ‘This is a stab in the back and the last thing they need.’
- ‘By voting in favour of the latest UN resolution, they have delivered a stab in the back to the movement against war.’
- ‘Many said it was a stab in the back for our region.’
- ‘Outsourcing jobs overseas is a stab in the back to all the workers who have made this country what it is.’
- ‘It's just, you were supposed to be my best friend and you dating my sister is like a stab in the back, a betrayal since she and I are sworn enemies.’
- ‘But the party has no tradition of back-stabbing its leaders: on the contrary, it has been very forbearing of them, even when a stab in the back might have been in everyone's interest.’
- ‘As one worker put it, ‘One week they pat you on the back, and the next it's a stab in the back.’’
- ‘‘To me it's a stab in the back to beet growers in the middle of negotiations on the sugar-regime reforms,’ he said.’
- ‘He's sent regiments into battle only to tell them he's going to disband them - what a stab in the back.’
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