backcap v ?Obs Cf backcap n
To injure the reputation of; to disparage, undercut.
1873 NY Herald (NY) 21 May 10/5, “Back Capping” the Boys. . . After some discussion, during which several of the members took occasion to denounce this system of making charges against men in this indefinite way, and inquiring why persons who knew of objections against candidates did not put them in form, the further consideration of Reinemann’s case was postponed. 1892 Boston Daily Globe (MA) 11 Jan 1/4, In other words, the President believes Mr. Blaine continues to backcap him, and he is sorely puzzled to know how to escape from the dilemma. 1896 (1898) Ade Artie 7 Chicago IL, Mrs. Morton got me a good seat and then backcapped the show a little before it opened up. Ibid 99, I don’t want to back-cap her. 1901 McClure’s Mag. 16.269 Chicago IL, Let’s be frank and friendly all around . . and acknowledge that we’re all brother pirates on the make, and not try to backcap each other’s games. 1921 Times–Picayune (New Orleans LA) 29 Mar 8/3, There was the man before whom Europe trembled, the famed “Iron Chancellor,” being plotted against by those nearest him in the same petty manner that an office underling in a shop will “back cap” the man above him in eagerness for a bit more pay or importance. 1928 Hearst’s International 85.34/2 SW, Fine specimen, you are—backcappin’ your own neighbors to town trash!