Definition of the small of the back in English:

the small of the back

phrase

  • The part of a person's back where the spine curves in at the level of the waist.

    • ‘The needle is passed into the space between two of the spinal bones in the small of the back (lumbar vertebrae).’
    • ‘Reacting on instinct, not thinking of the consequences, I rush forward and throw a punch, hitting him squarely in the small of the back, just above his tail.’
    • ‘‘Hey,’ I heard as I was prodded in the small of the back by a tuba.’
    • ‘For example, a rolled towel in the small of the back may help keep the normal curve and distribute stresses correctly, particularly when sitting for prolonged periods.’
    • ‘When cleaning the carcass, be sure to remove the rather pungent sacs on the small of the back and under the forelegs.’
    • ‘A pain numbing medicine is put into the small of the back with a needle.’
    • ‘Lower back pain is described as aching, soreness, stiffness, or spasms in the small of the back.’
    • ‘When this occurs, it usually occurs on the anterior or posterior thigh or the small of the back.’
    • ‘When a Japanese wants to let a woman go first, he usually gives her a good push in the small of the back, and I have not yet got used to being treated in this way by men who I have only just met.’
    • ‘If the chair back stops at the level of the small of the back, or anywhere below the shoulder blades, it is best given a curve.’