backward

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backward

Chess (of a pawn) behind neighbouring pawns and unable to be supported by them

What does it mean when you dream about moving backward?

A dream of moving backward may mean the dreamer feels he or she is losing ground in some endeavor. Retracing one’s steps may indicate that information from the past may be needed to bring about an understanding of a current situation, especially one that has gone wrong.

References in classic literature ?
If you knew how this chap, this Joseph Willet--that's his name--comes backwards and forwards to our house, libelling, and denouncing, and threatening you, and how I shudder when I hear him, you'd hate him worse than I do,-- worse than I do, sir,' said Mr Tappertit wildly, putting his hair up straighter, and making a crunching noise with his teeth; 'if sich a thing is possible.
He poured out these words fiercely, all in a breath, walking backwards and forwards, and striking about him in the air with his whip.
But the doctor sat still and opened his A B C book, turned the pages backwards and forwards, and looked for the cock.