backgain

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Alteration of back-ganging (noun), equivalent to back +‎ ganging.

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Noun[edit]

backgain (plural backgains)

  1. (UK dialectal) A relapse.
  2. (UK dialectal) A decline; consumption.
  3. (UK dialectal) A relapse in illness.

Etymology 2[edit]

Alteration of back-ganging (adj), equivalent to back +‎ ganging.

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Adjective[edit]

backgain (comparative more backgain, superlative most backgain)

  1. (UK dialectal) Receding; going back.
  2. (UK dialectal, of persons) Not thriving in health or in worldly concerns.
    a backgain family

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