One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Penny glanced backwards’
towards the rear, rearwards, backward, behind one
2‘count backwards from twenty to ten’
in reverse, from the highest to lowest, in reverse order
3‘his campaign is going backwards’
deteriorate, decline, degenerate, worsen, get worse
informal go downhill, take a nosedive, go to pot, go to the dogs, hit the skids, go down the toilet, go down the tubes
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