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15 Dec 2019

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Why should it be "back" in the phrase "with the clothes on one's back"?
People seem like to use this to mean they have nothing else but the clothes they were wearing.
I don't understand why 'back' only is mentioned here. It would sound like they're wearing, for example, a shirt that only covers its wearer's back or a cloak.

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