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noun backbone pronunciation in British English /ˈbækˌbəʊn/ 
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singularbackbone
pluralbackbones
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    [uncountable] the determination and strong personality that you need in order to do what is right or deal with a difficult situation

    They wouldn't have the backbone to disagree with him.

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