hindmost

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hindmost located farthest to the rear
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Hindmost Furthest in or toward the rear; last. "Rachel and Joseph hindermost ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hindmost Furthest at the back or rear; backmost; hindermost: a superlative of hind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Hindmost superlative of hind, farthest behind
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Idioms

Let the devil take the hindmost - This idiom means that you should think of yourself and not be concerned about other people; look after yourself and let the devil take the hindmost.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
The superlative of hind,. See Hind (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hindan (adv.), back, hinder, backwards; Goth. hindar, Ger. hinter, behind.

Usage

In literature:

Let them scramble for what it contains, and the devil seize the hindmost.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
The hindmost extended their necks, in order to get a view of the chests, over the heads of those in front.
"The Oriental Story Book" by Wilhelm Hauff
Before the hindmost deserter gained the draw-bars my reason was on the return path.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
The dog had almost reached the hindmost and smallest of the boys when Jack Sheldon suddenly came out of one of the cottages.
"The Hilltop Boys" by Cyril Burleigh
Suddenly a shriek broke from those who stood hindmost, and in strode the witch, with serpents round her neck and arms and hair.
"The Olive Fairy Book" by Various
The distance between Bran and the hindmost fawn was not forty feet.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Hindema (hind-ema), Hindmost (hind-m-ost).
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
It was every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
It is helter-skelter, the Devil take the hindmost.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
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In poetry:

"Put on! put on! my wighty men,
Sae fast as ye can dree;
For he that is hindmost of the thrang
Sall neir get guid o' me!"
"Edom O'Gordon" by Henry Morley
"Put on, put on, my wighty men,
As fast as ye can drie;
For he that is hindmost of the thrang
Shall ne'er get gude of me!"
"Edom O' Gordon" by Andrew Lang
"Now," said the hindmost, "by my troth
Shamed is my knighthood for ye both." --
"So, pricking sharply, on they rode,
These men who three gray mules bestrode."
"Legend Of Seville" by Alice Cary
For this is our motto at old Hawk and Buckle,
We cling to it close and we sing all together,
"Every man for himself at our old Hawk and Buckle,
And devil take the hindmost this hot summer weather."
"Hawk And Buckle" by Robert Graves

In science:

The front boundary f (r) is the hindmost half-crossing in C \r, using the preferred orientation; similarly, the back boundary b(r) is the foremost half-crossing in C \r .
Arc numbers from Gauss diagrams
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