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stab you in the back

stab you in the back

Date: Aug 13 2003


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“So many friends are at your side today to help you and tomorrow they stab you in the back.”
- Christina Aguilera, pop music star, talking about the difficulty she has trusting people.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

betray you, do things to hurt you, doing something harmful to you without you knowing, do bad things in secret so you don’t know they’re being done

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Stabbing someone in the back is a terrible thing to do. When you stab someone in the back, you betray his/her trust and do something very harmful to him/her. Hopefully, you will never have to use the expression “stab you in the back,” because you will not experience anything so painful. Unfortunately, people do get stabbed in the back all the time, so it’s useful to know what the expression means.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

””I can’t believe Marie stabbed me in the back. I thought she was my friend. She told everyone the secret that she promised she’d keep.”“

””I promise I won’t stab you in the back. I’m your true friend. I would never do anything to hurt you.”“

””You totally lied to me. You said that you didn’t like Jeff, but yesterday I saw you kissing him. I thought we were friends. Why did you stab me in the back? You know that I’ve loved Jeff for the last two years.”“

””It’s really hard to trust people. Just when you feel like you get to know somebody, they stab you in the back, or do something really terrible to you. I don’t understand why some people are so mean.”“


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

To “stab in the back” means to betray someone who trusts you.
by Monika (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
“Stab someone in the back” means to do a treacherous act against someone, betray or do harm to someone. For example, after all I’ve done for you, you stab me in the back by badmouthing me to my boss.
by Sherry (ShenZhen, China)
To do something bad to someone who likes and trusts you.
by Edmundo (Nuevo León, Mexico)
it means someone who you think is your friend does something to hurt your reputation or your business interests, and they do it behind your back, in secret without you knowing it.
by yi (Nanjing, China)
i think it means that your friends may do bad things to you or betray you secretely. you can not detect that, and even thinks of them as your friends.
by robenca (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
I think it means doing something harmful to someone who trusted you
by Nadia (tz, China)
It means to do things behind you and hurt you. He or she is a double-face, not a real friend.
by Cherry (Shenzhen, China)
stab you in the back” means to talk behind someone’s back. For example, yesterday, i didn’t see Tom’s special girlfriend but his boyfriend talked to Tom that he saw me riding her and even gave her big kisses. So, Tom’s boyfriend really stabbed me in the back or talked behind my back.
by Bang Luu (Hochiminh, Vietnam)
it means betray, speak ill of somebody
by yan (Fuzhou, China)
i think is when someone betrays you
by paola (Cali, Colombia)
stab you in the back’ means that you are betrayed by friends without knowing it.
by lucia (Hong Kong)
means betary someone
by arash (mashhas, iran)
betray, disloyal
by Fabiana (São Paulo, Brazil)
betray, not to play fair
by marcelo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Someone betray you.
by Chih-Yung (Taipei, Taiwan)
Stab in the back means something like betray, be false with.
by Alisson (Porto Velho, Brazil)
do something bad for you, when you can’t see.
by ftt (HangZhou, China)
an attack from someone you thought was a friend, an act of disloyalty to a person, esp. to a friend.
by sherif (Cairo, Egypt)
Someone who is you trusts him/her to behave in a dishonest or cruel way to you.
by Piyanuch (Chonburi, Thailand)
If someone stab you in in the back, he/she betray you, his/her actions hurt and disappoint you.
by Cecile (Kaohsiung, R.O.C)
“stab in back” means betrayal or dishonesty from someone who closed with you or around you.
by Pammy (BKK, Thailand)
stab you on the back means deceive you, or turn against you.
by DeSiDeRaTa (Elfaiha, Kuwait)
betray; say something bad about you; and even spread your personal things, secrets to others; treat you as a enemy.
by janice (Hong Kong, China)
I think it means “to do or say something that harms some body who trusts you. Betray.
by Ali (Dezfoul, Iran)
betray, give someone away
by paola (Lima, Peru)
To harm (someone) by treachery or betrayal of trust.
by Emily (Qinhuangdao, China)
I think it means betray someone and hurt the people who were your itimate friend before.
by liang (Tianjin, China)
It means sb.make things bad to you
by Doris (Shanghai, China)
When you “stab someone in the back”, you tell something really bad about them with the others.
by Khang Huynh (HCM, Vietnam)
nice to you in the face, but treat your bad behind you
by carol (Shanghai, China)
He do something bad for you, but you don’t know.you still think he is your good friend.
by yan (Ningbo, China)
Betray you
by Nikki (Hong Kong)
stab you in the back” means to betray someone used to have a trust in you.
by Dana (Dubai, UAE)
when you are in trouble, the person you may be familiar with doesn’t give you a hand or even put some oil to your trouble. We can call such person ’s action “stab you in the back”.
by Arcengle
do some bad things behind u.
by chilli (Perak, Malaysia)
I think it means”betray or rebel against someone”.
by Maka (Taitung, Taiwan)
today they be nice to you but one day they can bring to against you.
by Suladda (Bangkok, Thailand)
oppsite, against, even hurt you
by jeannett (Jinhua, China)
I think it means doing harm to you
by titus (Shanghai, China)
I think this means Christina’s friends don’t help her anymore or even pretend that they don’t know her.
by Tracy (Hong Kong, China)
My friends, I think it means: to gossip over, to cheat, to critisize somebody.
by Kristina (Gyumri, Armenia)
Asperse or hurt somebody from the back.
by Shayanne (Tianjin, China)
hurt somebody deeply
by ping (Beijing, China)
She wants to say that the next day so many friends leave you behind.
by Liz (Calw, Germany)
to sponge you… to get everything they can from you
by Natalia (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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maybe its true, 

to have honest enemies ,not fake friends :)

01:45 PM Jul 05 2015 |

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