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  • (idiom) (vulgar) One who slanders another behind his back, i.e. in his absence. His bosom friends are become his back biters, said of a lousy man.


backbiter

  • person who says nasty things about another person behind the second person's back: that is, out of sight and hearing of the second person.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



BACK BITER. One who slanders another behind his back,
i.e. in his absence. His bosom friends are become his back
biters, said of a lousy man.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)



Back"bit`er (&?;), n. One who backbites; a secret calumniator or detractor.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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