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    backbite/backstab

    What's the difference between backbite and backstab? It would be helpful to include examples. Thank you.

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    Re: backbite/backstab

    Different meanings of 'back'; in 'backbite', it's adverbial - retaliate (perhaps bad-temperedly); in 'backstab', it's the noun.

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    Re: backbite/backstab

    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    What's the difference between backbite and backstab? It would be helpful to include examples. Thank you.
    Since I'm much older and wiser, I don't backbite anyone I don't appreciate behind their their back.

    If you enjoy backstabbing others, then you're a backstabber.

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    Re: backbite/backstab

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Different meanings of 'back'; in 'backbite', it's adverbial - retaliate (perhaps bad-temperedly); in 'backstab', it's the noun.

    Examples after lunch....

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    ...They're rarely used as finite verbs, more often as -ing forms (as PS's second example shows), or in the form of the nouns backbiter and backstabber. You can also say 'stab in the back': You stabbed me in the back but You backstabbed me and certainly not You bit me in the back or You backbit me

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