One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an injured backbone’
spine, spinal column, vertebral column, vertebrae
technical dorsum, rachis
2‘these firms are the backbone of our industrial sector’
mainstay, cornerstone, foundation, chief support, buttress, pillar
3‘he has enough backbone to see us through this difficulty’
strength of character, strength of will, firmness of purpose, firmness, resolution, resolve, determination, fortitude, mettle, moral fibre, spine, steel, nerve, spirit, pluck, pluckiness, courage, courageousness, bravery, braveness, valour, manliness
informal guts, spunk, grit
British informal bottle
vulgar slang balls
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