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Back-speer

(To) To cross-examine. (Scotch.)

“He has the wit to lay the scene in such a remote ... country that nobody should be able to back-speer him.” —Sir W. Scott: The Betrothed (Introduction).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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