back pedal


verb (used without object), back-pedaled, back-pedaling or (especially British) back-pedalled, back-pedalling.
to retard the forward motion by pressing backward on the pedal, especially of a bicycle with coaster brakes.
to retreat from or reverse one's previous stand on any matter; shift ground: to back-pedal after severe criticism.
Boxing. to retreat from an opponent, especially by stepping rapidly backward.

1895–1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
vb , (US) -pedals, -pedalling, -pedalled, -pedals, -pedaling, -pedaled
1.  to turn the pedals of a bicycle backwards
2.  to retract or modify a previous opinion, principle, etc
3.  boxing to take backward steps

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