To backspace (on a typewriter) and cross out (or strike out) an error.

Sometimes used humorously, in the sense of "These idiots, er, I mean, these gentlemen from headquarters are visiting."

Represented online with the glyph ^H, indicating the backspace character. For instance, "These idiots^H^H^H^H^H^Hgentlemen from headquarters are visiting."

May be rendered in HTML with the S tag, like this: "These idiotsgentlemen from headquarters are visiting."

backronym = B = backward combatability

backspace and overstrike interj.

[rare] Whoa! Back up. Used to suggest that someone just said or did something wrong. Once common among APL programmers; may now be obsolete.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, this entry manually entered by rootbeer277.

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