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    On the backs of

    what's the meaning of ...on the backs of..., and usage examples would be appreciated.

    cheng

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    Re: On the backs of

    Expression: on the backs of somebody

    Meaning: using the work of a particular group to achieve something that they will not get any advantage from

    Example: Economic prosperity was won on the backs of the urban poor.

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    Re: On the backs of

    Quote Originally Posted by leolyy View Post
    what's the meaning of ...on the backs of..., and usage examples would be appreciated.

    cheng
    The Great Pyramids were built on the backs of slaves.

    The great cathedrals of Europe were built on the backs of the masses with the hope that they will have eternal life.

    The great castles and fortresses of England were built on the backs of the serfs.


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    Re: On the backs of

    especially to xpert who gave excellent comments

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