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back-pedal

back-ped·al

back-pedal

 
pronunciation:
baek pe dl
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: back-pedaled, back-pedaling, back-pedals
definition 1: to press backward on the pedals of a bicycle or tricycle in order to brake.
definition 2: to retreat from an earlier position; withdraw.
She back-pedals in every argument she has with me.
definition 3: in boxing, to move rapidly backward from one's opponent.