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6 comments on this post.
  1. Geoff Hazel:

    “Stay tuned. After the break we’ll be playing 5 Beatles’ songs back-to-front” — ahh, dang. It’s technically correct but just sounds so wrong.

  2. George Shepherd:

    At Wimbledon yesterday the commentator said ” The player scored two second serves back to back ” I assume he meant not facing each other.I cannot think of a suitable word to describe this rubbish by grown up resonsible people.

  3. Bonnie Turner:

    I’m proofreading a novel in which a group of Indians “formed a circle and, “back-to-back, they sent their arrows flying.” I couldn’t figure this out for a while, but now I can see if they’re in a circle, they actually would be back to back.

    I’m seeing back to back (without hyphens) and back-to-back (with hyphens), so I assume either style is acceptable. :)

  4. Dom:

    What about being back to back, as in two men standing back to back in a difficult situation; not to duel but to give undying support to each other to both achieve a common goal.

  5. Henry A.:

    In the 1800s, two steam locomotive would be coupled ‘back2back’ to pull a common load, and only the cow catcher incline on the back would be coupled to the load but the two cabs would be consecutive and allow the engineer to tend to both fireboxes and boilers single-handedly.

  6. Patrick A Crawley:

    Back-to-back was originally used when a team won, lost or drew both matches at home and away to the same team.

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