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Retrograde is a retreating motion.

The word retrograde derives from the Latin words retro, backwards, and gradus, step
"Mercury Mercu-Mercury`s in Mercury`s in retrograde" From the Bloc Party song, Mercury.
by Gingerdwarf August 25, 2008
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Noun: a friend who is usually only called upon by a friend when a more primary/prominent friend is unavailable.

Taken from the term β€œsecond string” in an athletic competition situation. In football, if the star quarterback gets injured during a play, the second string is called off the bench to replace him/her. A β€œSecond String Friend” is essentially benched until needed, if ever.

Synonyms: Plan B, Second Choice, Secondary Friend, Benched Until Needed
I got a call from X the other night. She had an extra ticket to a concert she bought for a friend, but they couldn’t make it so she called me to ask if I wanted to go because I am her Second String Friend.
by Deus-ex-machina August 26, 2020
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A feeling of aggression through astrology hoes that get them in the fighting mood because that planets got defensive.
β€œMars is in retrograde this week, guess I’m fighting with everyone, including myself β€œ
by It’s ya boy SP October 15, 2020
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- refers to movement occuring in a backward direction

- a person who believes the adversity in their lives is caused by the retrograde motion of planetary bodies, esp. citing Mercury as a scapegoat.
- somebody who believes in New Age bullshit; a hippy
"boohoo, i spilled bongwater all over my vegan Spamwich for the second time today. You guys, is Mercury in like, retrograde... or something?"

"my old lady always has the perfect excuse for causing drama; she's a total retrograde."

"Don't be fooled by her appearance. She may dress like she's homeless, but she's just a retrograde."
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