back and fill


back and fill
phrasal 1. to manage the sails of a ship so as to keep it clear of obstructions as it floats down with the current of a river or channel 2. to take opposite positions alternately ; shilly-shally

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • To back and fill — Fill Fill, v. i. 1. To become full; to have the whole capacity occupied; to have an abundant supply; to be satiated; as, corn fills well in a warm season; the sail fills with the wind. [1913 Webster] 2. To fill a cup or glass for drinking. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To back and fill — Back Back, v. i. 1. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; used of the wind. [1913 Webster] 3. (Sporting) To stand still… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fill — Fill, v. i. 1. To become full; to have the whole capacity occupied; to have an abundant supply; to be satiated; as, corn fills well in a warm season; the sail fills with the wind. [1913 Webster] 2. To fill a cup or glass for drinking. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Back — Back, v. i. 1. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; used of the wind. [1913 Webster] 3. (Sporting) To stand still behind… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fill — may refer to:*Fill dirt, soil added to an area. *Fill (music), a short segment of instrumental music. *In textiles, the filling yarn is the same as weft, the yarn which is shuttled back and forth across the warp to create a woven fabric. *In… …   Wikipedia

  • Back-stripping — is a geophysical analysis technique used on sedimentary rock sequences it is used to isolate factors which contribute to basin formation/filling other than sediment loading. It is a method by which successive layers of basin fill sediment are… …   Wikipedia

  • Fill (music) — Sixteenth note fill in a rock/popular groove played on a drum kit.[1]   …   Wikipedia

  • Back filling — Filling Fill ing, n. 1. That which is used to fill a cavity or any empty space, or to supply a deficiency; as, filling for a cavity in a tooth, a depression in a roadbed, the space between exterior and interior walls of masonry, the pores of open …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Back-Room Boy — Infobox Film name = Back Room Boy image size = caption = director = Herbert Mason producer = writer = Marriott Edgar Val Guest narrator = starring = Arthur Askey Moore Marriott Graham Moffatt music = cinematography = editing = distributor =… …   Wikipedia

  • And God Created Woman (Father Ted) — Infobox Television episode Title =And God Created Woman Series =Father Ted Caption = Season =1 Episode =5 Airdate =19 May 1995 Production = Writer =Graham Linehan, Arthur Mathews Director =Declan Lowney Guests =Gemma Craven (Polly Clarke),… …   Wikipedia


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