One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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