Definition of back-to-back in English:

back-to-back

adjective

  • Consecutive.

    ‘back-to-back homers in a major league baseball game’
    • ‘The last two weeks represent the first time Wales have achieved back-to-back championship victories since 1994.’
    • ‘The fact he is the first to record back-to-back victories since L' Escargot in 1971 speaks for itself.’
    • ‘It is uncertain whether the back-to-back victories for affirmative action will permanently halt recent trends against the policies.’
    • ‘We walked straight into back-to-back films at the Forum.’
    • ‘Continuity could be the key as York City look to make it back-to-back victories when they travel to Kidderminster tonight.’
    • ‘Homers in back-to-back games could signal a turnaround.’
    • ‘The back-to-back sets to follow are both, in a word, stellar.’
    • ‘SVG completed back-to-back title successes last year when they edged Trinidad and Tobago on net run rate.’
    • ‘So far, the change has resulted in improved extra-base power, including back-to-back games with a homer.’
    • ‘However, England's fate should be known before then as only back-to-back victories in the next week will leave them needing a draw in Turkey in their final game to make it through automatically.’
    • ‘The next time a hitter comes up after his team has just gone for back-to-back homers, you watch and decide.’
    • ‘It was the third time this season the Giants hit back-to-back homers.’
    • ‘It was a back-to-back success for Indonesia, which collected eight gold medals in the inaugural event in Jakarta last year.’
    • ‘With so many men out injured, these back-to-back victories for Everton are truly remarkable.’
    • ‘First, he entered a 1-1 game in the eighth and allowed three runs on four hits, including back-to-back homers, without recording an out.’
    • ‘It is the first time in five months City have recorded back-to-back victories and extends their unbeaten run to four games.’
    • ‘But if he wins a big victory here, then he will look like a certifiable front-runner, having won back-to-back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire.’
    • ‘He hit over .400 in the first 14 games he started and belted three-run homers in back-to-back games.’
    • ‘He has since reached the top flight of hurdlers and is ante-post favourite to record back-to-back victories in the Champion.’
    • ‘Buoyed by two back-to-back victories, the Railwaymen will not be daunted by the prospect of challenging the Londoners, who are 14 points clear at the top of the table.’
    successive, succeeding, following, in succession, running, in a row, one after the other, continuous, solid, straight, uninterrupted, unbroken
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adverb

  • 1(of two people) facing in opposite directions with their backs touching.

    ‘they sat on the ground, leaning back to back’
    • ‘Build two benches, set them back to back, and you have a full-size picnic table that seats six adults.’
    • ‘Instead, they stood back to back on the highest ground they could find, gulping air and praying for the rescuers 240 feet above to save them.’
    • ‘They got into this one pose where they were sitting back to back, and I had them opening their hands as part of the design.’
    • ‘The two wooden chairs, shaped like wedges of Swiss cheese with the mandatory holes, stand back-to-back in comfortable affinity.’
    • ‘He captured them seated practically back to back on spindly gilt chairs at a fashion show, in an invisible yet palpable fog of unpleasantness.’
    • ‘We both require eight hours' beauty sleep a night, and sleep together in my bed, back to back - just her head peeps out of the top of the covers.’
    • ‘Tonight, they stood back to back and the top of his head grazed her ear.’
    • ‘Ben moved over to cover Alice from another angle, so the three men were standing back-to-back, forming a circular wall of protection around Alice.’
    • ‘They fought back-to-back for many years, and were brothers to each other in their love.’
    • ‘They stood, facing outward, back to back, looking towards the four cardinal directions.’
    • ‘His acrylic on canvass presents two persons sitting back to back.’
  • 2Consecutively; in succession.

    ‘the games were played back to back’
    • ‘Has he ever experienced two such vital games back to back?’
    • ‘One thing I've always felt, as a man of limited memory retention, is that it is much more digestible when the issues are read back to back.’
    • ‘‘It wasn't part of my plan to play two of the greatest villains in children's literature back to back,’ he says.’
    • ‘Despite sounding a little dazed after spending six and a half hours watching three films back to back, he is keeping things in perspective.’
    • ‘You may have watched all five episodes back to back.’
    • ‘So the whole family, or just the kids, or indeed just the adults, has to show up at 2pm, ticket in hand, and sit through both movies, back to back.’
    • ‘We'd chosen to take a fairly big chance and actually try to present a talk-style format instead of the easy option of playing lots of music back to back.’
    • ‘Now that I'm on the subject, what better way to spend your Saturday than watching three rugby internationals back to back?’
    • ‘Actually the great bit about the DVD compendium isn't the re-watching; it's watching six episodes back to back in little more than two hours.’
    • ‘However, the attraction of putting three county titles back to back and an opportunity to defend the provincial crown proved too much.’
    • ‘Congratulations to the team, selectors and committee on a marvellous achievement, putting two county titles back to back.’
    • ‘Evidently designed and written to be watched back to back, the two movies come off as being parts of a whole, and as such the pacing of this final part is shot from the get-go.’
    • ‘Did the artistic directors want their own pieces to be shown back to back?’
    • ‘For some reason, we just can't seem to string together two decent performances back to back, and when you do not have consistency your confidence suffers as well.’
    • ‘He's granting interviews back to back to the Euro press.’
    • ‘We did two shows, back to back, in the Stade de France; 90,000 people per night for the French show.’
    • ‘The next occasion was in 1995 when Mount Sion were, as now, the defending champions attempting to put two titles back to back.’
    • ‘Yes, there has been a certain amount of effort saved because the films were shot back to back and were all one long story, but only a certain amount.’
    • ‘And sometimes those mistakes wind up back to back on a Sunday afternoon.’
    • ‘‘I've never been with a team that has conceded so many stupid goals back to back,’ he said.’

Pronunciation

back-to-back

/ˌbæktəˈbæk//ˌbaktəˈbak/