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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 ?
And as most probably she liked Tom as well as he liked her, so when she perceived his backwardness she herself grew proportionably forward; and when she saw he had entirely deserted the house, she found means of throwing herself in his way, and behaved in such a manner that the youth must have had very much or very little of the heroe if her endeavours had proved unsuccessful.
If you think I have done wrong in coming thus far to quit you again, Captain, I will own the reason of the act, without shame or backwardness.
Nay, please your worship," answered the man, in much perplexity, but with a backwardness that strikingly indicated the hard and severe character of Colonel Pyncheon's domestic rule; "my master's orders were exceeding strict; and, as your worship knows, he permits of no discretion in the obedience of those who owe him service.
I told him the dreadful exigence I was in; that my love to him, and his offering to have me forget that affection and remove it to another, had thrown me down; and that I had a thousand times wished I might die rather than recover, and to have the same circumstances to struggle with as I had before, and that his backwardness to life had been the great reason of the slowness of my recovering.
Talking to a delegation, she observed that illiteracy is a major cause of backwardness, as youth develop negative tendencies owing to absence of education facilities.
He said they will decide to join the party which will end the backwardness of Balochistan and play a vital role to develop the province.
He said that the need was to use these resources to address the backwardness of the province and put an end to the feelings of deprivation.
There no such backwardness in any palce of Karnataka but in Kharge sahab's own constituency," he added.
He said that in view of the backwardness and poverty of the province, the government was making special efforts to ensure best use of available resources.
Ahsan Iqbal has stressed the need of the promotion of quality education to end the ignorance and backwardness besides putting the country on the highway to national prosperity and progress.
SIALKOT -- Federal Minister for Interior Ch Ahsan Iqbal has stressed a need for the promotion of quality education to end the ignorance and backwardness and to put the country on the path to prosperity.
SIALKOT:Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal has stressed the need for the promotion of quality education to end ignorance and backwardness besides putting the country on the highway to national prosperity and progress.