back-number

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n back-number someone who is no longer popular
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Idioms

Back number - Something that's a back number is dated or out of fashion.
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Usage

In literature:

Going back to the remarks of Professor Baker, a number of very interesting points arose.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
Men in numbers turned their backs upon the foe; a headlong flight was begun.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
A long tongue of flame shot out of the exhaust of the number one tube and, after drawing back momentarily, Astro watched the tube keenly.
"Sabotage in Space" by Carey Rockwell
The captain and the men who accompanied him brought back some women and boys, ten in number.
"The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503" by Various
The greater number carry their burdens on their backs, trudging afoot.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
Yes, Mawruss, back numbers always buys from back numbers.
"Abe and Mawruss" by Montague Glass
It was evident that the French and Indians were not in sufficient numbers to hold them back.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Segment number one has only a back piece, you see.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
On looking back, when they had gone another hundred yards, they saw a number of figures on the road.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
Tim went back, alone, to number ninety-three.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
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In poetry:

Cut off, out-numbered, ten to one,
By wolfish German pack
Our men like heroes fought and won,
They kept the Teutons back.
"Langemark" by Abner Cosens
The years have sped since first we met,
Here, in the city's toil and roar;
Brief space in looking back, and yet,
Those years now number twenty-four.
"To My Friend" by Alexander Anderson
Let them lead on to God — by number, He
By weight by measure all things form'd at first;
By Him the day returns, by Him the sea
Flows and flows back, the flowers and foliage burst.
"The Rose Of The Wilderness (Gathered In Crossing A Portage On The River Winnipeg)" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain
Youth enters yearningly,
Passionate, burningly,
Leaving both meadow and moorland behind,
Out of their number some
Crooked and cumbersome,
Cast back their glances and shriek with the Wind
"The Voice At The Cross-Roads" by R S Ward
The talk was done, the numbers up, the boss had won the day,
An' we were ready to go back an' earn our bit of pay;
When Murray in a mad black rage, goes on to rave an' shout.
"You're sacked," the old man tells him plain. "I've had enough. Get Out!"
"Murray's Ride" by C J Dennis

In news:

Alabama, the consensus number one team in the land, is getting back on the field Saturday after a nice layoff.
New Department of Education figures indicate the number of students struggling to pay back their loans is moderating.
The recent scrutiny of executive compensation has compelled a growing number of employers to scale back their robust salary and bonus offerings for corporate employees.
Erin Rowley Email address: Rowley82@gmail.com Phone Number: 912-224-0460 Indicate LOST or FOUND: Found - but a neglected pet that should not go back to original owner.
Local and state transportation officials are focusing on what's called "on-road monitoring" to cut back on the number of school bus crashes.
007 shoots back to number one .
If you're wondering why Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad was sent back to his juniors' team, it's pretty simple: when healthy, the Hawks are in a number's crunch and it's just not Saad's time yet.
A few years back I did a blog post soliciting great outdoors quotes for a number of blank granite headstones that had come into my possession.
That is, the number of housing units that have had the same inhabitants dating back to 1979.
Back on May 17, I calculated opposing pitchers' horrendously amazing numbers against the Mets.
Way back when, before this year's field of Republican presidential candidates had even taken shape, GOP national Chairman Reince Priebus raised his hand with a plan to get a grip on the burgeoning number of televised debates.
NORWICH – A Coventry man has pleaded guilty to a number of crimes and agreed to pay back stolen money in a plea arrangement with prosecutors.
The number 16 Cardinals fell behind early when Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri hit Cameron Saddler in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
People in the farm community are backing up the numbers: they're still bad.
Citizens Property Insurance Corp will shelve a $350 million loan program while it gathers data and looks at more options to reduce the number of policies in the state-backed insurer.
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In science:

Like many mathematical theorems, both Kuhn-Tucker and Lagrange theories are not constructive and the non-constructive results can be traced back to the last axiom of real number, axiom of completeness .
Application of Quantum Theory to Super-parametric Density Estimation
Going back to original equations ( 1) and (2), we need to replace the constant ρi (t) by a ρ(t) which is given as follows: ρ(t) = (Stotal − Xk where Stotal is total number of functional Sir complexes in the system, which is constant and V represents the average volume.
Epigenetic Chromatin Silencing: Bistability and Front Propagation
Knowing the wave number, the frequency has been back-Doppler shifted ω = ω ISEE − k · V1 into the plasma frame yielding unusually high frequencies ω (cid:39) (20 − 100)ωci .
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
Chern number of the pull back of (Tvert ˆB, J ) to each smooth component, g is the total genus, and s is the number of marked points where sections of Xδ are required to vanish.
Holomorphic curves in Exploded Torus Fibrations: Regularity
While this might take us back into the land of circumstantial evidence, the key will be obtaining large numbers of ob jects with characteristic ascribed to a given merger event or planetary interaction type.
The Origin and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Putting the Binary Hypothesis to the Test
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