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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.

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The ninth sounded and was gone, when the referee gave Ponta a last backward shove and Joe came to his feet, bunched up, covered up, weak, but cool, very cool.
The referee clutched each by the shoulder and sundered them violently, passing quickly between them as he thrust them backward in order to make a clean break of it.
Cecily took the wishbone in her trembling little hands and began her backward pacing, repeating solemnly, "I wish that we may find Paddy alive, or else his body, so that we can bury him decently.
After one passes the last of these he has a backward glimpse at the falls which is very pleasing--they rise in a seven-stepped stairway of foamy and glittering cascades, and make a picture which is as charming as it is unusual.
Without a backward look Meriem turned and fled into the open.
This new move on the part of the elitist forward bloc to step back and become part of the great Indian backward castes will show the rest of the world our truly ancient laid back culture.
29 ( ANI ): Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party leader Om Prakash Rajbhar, who is also a Uttar Pradesh state cabinet minister, on Sunday issued a "warning" to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that if they did not grant rights to backward classes, then he was ready to go against them and sacrifice his life for that cause.
Over the years, politicians across the board have succeeded in dodging the income limit by periodically increasing the quantum of the annual earnings of the backward castes from Rs100,000 in 1993 to Rs250,000 in 2004 to Rs450,000 in 2008 to Rs 600,000 in 2013.
The Commission shall be known as the Commission to examine the sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes.
NSEBC will replace the existing National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) that was created in response to a Supreme Court ruling in 1992.
Though Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad seconded his Bihar ally, he said a discussion was welcome on what further could be done for such poor and backward communities who had not been able to reap the benefits of development.
If clocks could go backward All would have their own clock And would plan their life ahead, So when the end was coming They could even stay in bed.