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Dear Ted:

Does "to have someone's back" have a figurative meaning?

If so, what does it mean?

Would you please give me some examples of how to use the above expression correctly?

Thank you,
Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Does "to have someone's back" have a figurative meaning?

If so, what does it mean?

Would you please give me some examples of how to use the above expression
correctly?


**** The phrase means "to protect or look out for" another person.  It's another way of
saying "I support you" or "I am standing behind you."

EXAMPLES:

John, if you decide to make a complaint against our manager, I'll have your back.

China has had the back of North Korea for many years.

If I have to make a choice between Jim and Bill in their argument, I will have Jim's back.

Ted

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