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See also: backseat
- Any of the seats in the rear of a vehicle.
- (informal) A powerless position.
2017 January 14, “Thailand's new king rejects the army's proposed constitution”, in The Economist:
- The bluntness of King Vajiralongkorn's intervention—and the determination it reveals to resist relatively small checks on royal power—is both a snub to the junta and a worry for democrats, some of whom had dared hope that the new king might be happy to take a back seat in public life.