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back-pedal

[bak-ped-l] /ˈbækˌpɛd l/
verb (used without object), back-pedaled, back-pedaling or (especially British) back-pedalled, back-pedalling.
1.
to retard the forward motion by pressing backward on the pedal, especially of a bicycle with coaster brakes.
2.
to retreat from or reverse one's previous stand on any matter; shift ground:
to back-pedal after severe criticism.
3.
Boxing. to retreat from an opponent, especially by stepping rapidly backward.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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British Dictionary definitions for backpedaling

back-pedal

verb (intransitive) -pedals, -pedalling, -pedalled (US) -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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Slang definitions & phrases for backpedaling

back-pedal

verb

To retreat, esp from a stated position; back off, back out: This news caused the candidate to back-pedal hastily (1900+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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