Definition of 'backlog'
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Unions claim the backlog is so huge that half a million people could miss their summer holiday. The Sun (2014)Instead the soldiers have had to return to recruitment posts to handle a backlog of applications. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Production is resuming but there is a huge backlog of demand. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It blamed a huge backlog in processing claims. The Sun (2014)Extra staff were drafted in to take suitcases to planes manually but a huge backlog built up. The Sun (2012)The building industry has been catching up with a backlog of work after delays due to bad weather. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The backlog of essential work is certain to lead to more extended closures of offshore oil and gas platforms. Times, Sunday Times (2006)They do not face a fixture backlog and some of their star turns are ready to play again after overcoming injury. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Instead the soldiers have had to return to recruitment posts to handle a backlog of applications until the computer fiasco is fixed. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Despite frantic attempts to speed up the process, the backlog has grown. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Otherwise Arsenal will face a messy backlog of games. The Sun (2010)By the time the cold snap was over, the backlog of work was overwhelming. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They blamed cash worries, an application backlog and a focus on internal promotion. The Sun (2010)The asylum procedure dragged on for months, partly because of the huge backlog of applications. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But a huge backlog of last-minute applications has built up. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The current draft would help to cut the huge backlog of applications that hamper the court's efficiency. Times, Sunday Times (2012)They have also closed all offices dealing with asylum applications as they tackle a backlog expected to take more than a year to clear. Times, Sunday Times (2006)A large backlog of projects raises the danger of a glut of office space. Times, Sunday Times (2007)So you need to go for a lender who doesn't have a backlog of mortgage applications and can process your offer on time. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The Government has been forced to hire 84 judges to tackle the backlog of welfare claimants appealing against the loss of their benefits. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Nowadays too, with so much pressure, some people are afraid to go on holiday because of the backlog they will face on return. Beat Stress (1992)The Home Office admitted that the agency had a poor record of delivery and made little attempt to defend the way the backlog had been tackled. Times, Sunday Times (2012)I've got a backlog of building work to do and we're enjoying saying no to people at the moment. The Sun (2014)
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Translations for 'backlog'
British English: backlog NOUN
A backlog is a number of things which have not yet been done but which need to be done.
There is a backlog of repairs and maintenance in schools.
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