back track

backtrack

[bak-trak]
verb (used without object)
1.
to return over the same course or route.
2.
to withdraw from an undertaking, position, etc.; reverse a policy.

Origin:
1715–25, Americanism; back2 + track

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backtrack (ˈbækˌtræk)
 
vb
1.  to return by the same route by which one has come
2.  to retract or reverse one's opinion, action, policy, etc
 
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n

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backtrack
"retrace one's steps," 1904, from back (adj.) + track (v.).
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