Etymology
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backwards (adv.)

1510s, from backward with adverbial genitive -s. Figurative phrase bend over backwards is recorded from 1901.

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Definitions of backwards

backwards (adv.)
at or to or toward the back or rear;
Synonyms: back / backward / rearward / rearwards
backwards (adv.)
in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal;
Synonyms: backward
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