to stab someone in the back

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - stab in the back

"to stab someone in the back"

to harm someone by treachery or betrayal of trust


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - stab in the back

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I told Betty, in confidence, that I took some of the information I used in my last report from a somewhat unreliable internet source. I can't believe that when things were going badly for her that she told the boss. I thought Betty and I were friends.

Colleague 2:  I guess no one warned you to never trust Betty. She won't think twice about stabbing you in the back if it advances her career.

Colleague 1:  Hard to believe that people are capable of that level of betrayal.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - stab in the back

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your weekend camping trip?

Friend 2:  The trip was great. It was what I discovered when I got home that was devastating.

Friend 1:  What happened?

Friend 2:  My apartment was empty. Everything was gone except a note from my, now, ex-girlfriend telling me that she had fallen in love with someone else and that she had bought everything in the apartment and she had taken it all away.

Friend 1:  I can't believe she stabbed you in the back like that.

Friend 2:  That is only the beginning of the betrayal. She also took every cent out of our joint bank account. I'm broke.

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to stab someone in the back - Gerund Form:

Stabbing your best friend in the back just to get a job is a major betrayal of trust.

to stab someone in the back - Examples:

1)  Cultivate a close enough relationship for you to disclose something sensitive to them -- then use what you told them to stab you in the back.

2)  How many times did Ronald Reagan stab Israel in the back? Seven times. Yes, that's right. Reagan abstained seven times in UN votes critical ...

3)  Fairness and honesty are central to any relationship, and nobody likes surprises, which is why I tell sources, “I'll never stab you in the back."

4)  But I'm a professional – I wasn't going to stab anyone in the back just to climb the ladder.” She would probably have progressed if she had.

5)  This is not good news for Oakland, with the Lott group fractured after Perry tried to subvert the group and stab them in the back, so to speak.

6)  But someone who pretends to be nice is more likely to stab you in the back

7)  Oh No! ... why someone in her own family would stab her in the back like that is hard to believe.

8)  People are friendly in the hallways, but you're always looking over your shoulder to see who might stab you in the back.

9)  She feels super betrayed and can't understand why someone in her own family would stab her in the back like that.

10)  As it turns out, you can't stab your closest ally in the back and expect it won't come back to haunt you.

11)  ... incredibly polite people are more likely to stab you in the back. Watch out for that office brown-noser; they might be plotting your downfall as ...

12)  When Justine got that job rather than you, she didn't stab you in the back, she applied like you did and met the criteria marginally better.

13)  ... two guys, and Rogers is a wild card and becomes almost a crazy-uncle mentor figure — who might stab you in the back at any given moment.

14)  ... he was being awfully nice to the other players — a sign, the authors of the new study conclude, that he was about to stab them in the back.

15)  ... over generations by leaders who have chosen to reward those who cut corners, stab colleagues in the back, and engage in otherwise unethical behavior?

16)  Others are filled with jealousy and will stab each other in the back the first chance they get. In sports, losing tends to bring out these qualities.

17)  ... then it seems pretty likely that Obama will stab anyone in the back if he feels it will benefit him politically.

18)  But this Jaffar, he stabbed my son in the back and he betrayed our trust. These wounds of betrayal will never heal.

19)  I've learned that a co-worker I thought was a real good friend stabbed me in the back

20)  You stabbed me in the back," Quinn says a few times, accusing Rachel of making a power grab instead of the rational decision to save the ...