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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Backbone (The).
 
The main stay.   1
        “Sober … . practical men … constitute the moral backbone of the country.”—W. Booth: In Darkest England (Part i. 2, p. 17).
   To the backbone. Thoroughly, as true to the backbone.   2
        “A union man, and a nationalist to the backbone.”—T. Roosevelt: T. H. Benton, chap. v. p. 113.
 


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