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 Back-hander.Back-stair Influence. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Back-speer (To).
 
To cross-examine. (Scotch.)   1
        “He has the wit to lay the scene in such a remote … country that nobody should be able to back-speer him.”—Sir W. Scott: The Betrothed (Introduction).
 


 Back-hander.Back-stair Influence. 

 
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