take a backseat to

take a backseat to
take a backseat (to (someone)) to let someone else deal with something.

I was happy to take a backseat and let my brother deal with the family crisis.

Etymology: based on the idea of sitting in the backseat of a car and letting someone else drive

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • take a backseat — (to (someone)) to let someone else deal with something. I was happy to take a backseat and let my brother deal with the family crisis. Etymology: based on the idea of sitting in the backseat of a car and letting someone else drive …   New idioms dictionary

  • take a backseat — to be or become less important, active, or powerful often + to He refuses to take a backseat to anyone. [=he refuses to let anyone have more power or control than he has] • • • Main Entry: ↑backseat …   Useful english dictionary

  • take a backseat to — take a backseat (to (something)) to be considered to be less important than something else. For many kids, homework takes a backseat to sports …   New idioms dictionary

  • take a backseat — (to (something)) to be considered to be less important than something else. For many kids, homework takes a backseat to sports …   New idioms dictionary

  • take a backseat to someone — take a backseat (to (someone)) to let someone else deal with something. I was happy to take a backseat and let my brother deal with the family crisis. Etymology: based on the idea of sitting in the backseat of a car and letting someone else drive …   New idioms dictionary

  • take a backseat to something — take a backseat (to (something)) to be considered to be less important than something else. For many kids, homework takes a backseat to sports …   New idioms dictionary

  • backseat — noun 1. a secondary or inferior position or status tennis has had to take a backseat while his work is so demanding • Hypernyms: ↑inferiority, ↑lower status, ↑lower rank 2. a seat at the back of a vehicle (especially the seat at the back of an… …   Useful english dictionary

  • backseat — n. to take a backseat to smb. (she will not take a backseat to anyone) * * * to take a backseat to smb. (she will not take a backseat to anyone) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • backseat — /bak seet /, n. 1. a seat at the rear. 2. take a backseat, to occupy a secondary or inferior position: Her writing has taken a backseat because of other demands on her time. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • backseat — noun Date: 1780 1. a seat in the back (as of an automobile) 2. an inferior position < won t take a backseat to anyone > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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