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 Bachelor’s Wife (A).Back and Edge. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Back (To).
 
To support with money, influence, or encouragement: as to “back a friend.” A commercial term meaning to endorse. When a merchant backs or endorses a bill, he guarantees its value.   1
   Falstaff says to the Prince:—   2
        “You care not who sees your back. Call you that backing of your friends? A plague upon such backing!”—Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV., ii. 4.
        “Englishmen will fight now as well as ever they did; and there is ample power to back them.”—W. Robertson: John Bright, chap. xxxi. p. 298.
 


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