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Backward, adv. toward the back, back: “b. she pushed him,” Ven. 41. “and b. drew the heavenly moisture,” Ven. 41 Ven. 41 LLL V, 1, 50. Merch. II, 2, 103. All's I, 1, 214. All's I, 1, 214 I, 2, 48. John V, 5, 3. Troil. I, 3, 128. III, 2, 47. IV, 1, 20. Rom. I, 2, 48. I, 3, 42. I, 3, 42 Mcb. V, 5, 7. Hml. II, 2, 206. Figuratively == from the wrong end, perversely: “she would spell him b.” Ado III, 1, 61, i. e. she would make vices of his virtues; cf. backwardly.
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