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Take a Back Seat

(To). To be set aside; to be deferred for the present. A parliamentary phrase.

“When there seemed to be a tendency ... to make the Irish question, in the cant of the day, `take a back seat,' Unionist indignation knew no bounds.” —The Daily Graphic, February 9th, 1893.

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