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A seat at the back of a vehicle.
- ‘They've also grown inside, with most all pickups sporting back seats with either small access doors or full-size rear doors.’
- ‘Why's he driving around in a chauffeur-driven limo, with a secretary in the back seat?’
- ‘Once there he activated the car's central locking system and climbed into the back seat.’
- ‘For example, some drivers would love to see what's going on in their back seats.’
- ‘But it would work, just about, as a family car for four with ample luggage or shopping space when the roof is up, although room in the back seats is tight.’
- ‘Those back seats swivel round too, allowing you to open the boot and create instant, sheltered, picnic seating.’
- ‘Carrying more than two kids thus requires a vehicle with at least two back seats, or a willingness to endure squealing fights from the rear.’
- ‘Among the changes, the back seats are smaller, creating a tight fit for some rear seat passengers.’
- ‘I looked over and saw that Thomas was now hooking up the car seat into the back seat of my car.’
- ‘And I can't complain about the roof, which keeps out a surprisingly large amount of wind noise and slides electronically into a cavity behind the back seats.’
- ‘The back seats fold down but not completely flat and they leave behind a big ridge.’
- ‘It would be a versatile vehicle to own especially with the movable back seats.’
- ‘He turned up ten minutes later with a smashed up car and his front bumper in the back seat.’
- ‘Taking pity on a fellow Celt, I pull up, and he gratefully fumbles his way into the back seat.’
- ‘I should go back to seats, specifically the back seats that I haven't mentioned.’
- ‘When it comes to folding the back seats this can be done one-handed, and the seat belts are specially positioned to avoid getting tangled during the operation.’
- ‘Even though you could slide the back seats forward, the boot seemed small.’
- ‘I reclined in the back seat and munched on a few tortilla chips while wondering what the day would have in store for us.’
- ‘Why pay company car tax on a normal estate car if the back seats are folded flat all the time to facilitate load handling?’
- ‘About the only discordant design element - and I was too polite to mention it to Gert at the time so have no explanation - are the two aluminium roll-over hoops on the back seats.’
take a back seat
Take or be given a less important position or role.‘in future he would take a back seat in politics’
- ‘Was love more important than wealth or did romance take a back seat to social climbing?’
- ‘If I'm in a serious situation or I'm planning something important, then my personality takes a back seat for the good of the team.’
- ‘Then I got married and had a family, so motor racing took a back seat.’
- ‘The role of the citizen is taking a back seat to decisions being made about our communities and the environment.’
- ‘In those days, fashion took a back seat for a whole nine months, and ‘hiding the bump’ was the main objective.’
- ‘But she piled on the pounds after the birth of her son, George, nine months ago and singing took a back seat as her confidence dwindled.’
- ‘After being thrust into the working world, the importance of research often takes a back seat to the more immediate demands of clinical practice.’
- ‘The divorce from my husband took a back seat as all this was going on, now I intend to carry on with it.’
- ‘Yet the majority of the book emphasizes dinosaur osteology, systematics, and the fossil record; paleobiology takes a back seat to this important foundation.’
- ‘The second day, the altruism took a back seat to the sales pitch.’
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