back vs forward vs up in time :

back or forward or up in time

For most people you move an event forward by scheduling it to happen sooner, but other people imagine the event being moved forward into the future, postponed. This is what most—but not all—people mean by saying they want to move an event back—later. Usage is also split on whether moving an event up means making it happen sooner (most common) or later (less common). The result is widespread confusion. When using these expressions make clear your meaning by the context in which you use them. “We need to move the meeting forward” is ambiguous; “we need to move the meeting forward to an earlier date” is not.Just to confuse things further, when you move the clock ahead in the spring for daylight saving time, you make it later; but when you move a meeting ahead, you make it sooner. Isn’t English wonderful?

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  • n  the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine
    his back was nicely tanned
  • n  the side that goes last or is not normally seen
    he wrote the date on the back of the photograph
  • n  the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
    he stood at the back of the stage
  • n  (football) a person who plays in the backfield
  • n  the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
    the fall broke his back
  • n  the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
  • n  the part of a garment that covers the back of your body
    they pinned a `kick me' sign on his back
  • n  a support that you can lean against while sitting
    the back of the dental chair was adjustable
  • n  (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
  • v  be behind; approve of
    I backed Kennedy in 1960
  • v  travel backward
    back into the driveway
    The car backed up and hit the tree
  • v  give support or one's approval to
    I can't back this plan
  • v  cause to travel backward
    back the car into the parking spot
  • v  support financial backing for
    back this enterprise
  • v  be in back of
    My garage backs their yard
  • v  place a bet on
    Which horse are you backing?
  • v  shift to a counterclockwise direction
    the wind backed
  • v  establish as valid or genuine
    Can you back up your claims?
  • v  strengthen by providing with a back or backing
  • a  related to or located at the back
    the back yard
    the back entrance
  • s  located at or near the back of an animal
    back (or hind) legs
  • s  of an earlier date
    back issues of the magazine
  • r  in or to or toward a former location
    she went back to her parents' house
  • r  at or to or toward the back or rear
    he moved back
    tripped when he stepped backward
  • r  in or to or toward an original condition
    he went back to sleep
  • r  in or to or toward a past time
    set the clocks back an hour
    never look back
    lovers of the past looking fondly backward
  • r  in reply
    he wrote back three days later
  • r  in repayment or retaliation
    we paid back everything we had borrowed
    he hit me and I hit him back
    I was kept in after school for talking back to the teacher

  • n  the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey
  • n  a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team
  • v  send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit
    forward my mail
  • a  at or near or directed toward the front
    the forward section of the aircraft
    a forward plunge down the stairs
    forward motion
  • a  used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty
    a forward child badly in need of discipline
  • a  of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle
    in a forward gear
  • s  moving forward
  • r  at or to or toward the front; (`forrad' and `forrard' are dialectal variations)
    he faced forward
    step forward
  • r  forward in time or order or degree
  • r  toward the future; forward in time
    I look forward to seeing you
  • r  in a forward direction
    they went slowly forward in the mud
  • r  near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane
    the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments
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