verb (used without object)
to return over the same course or route.
to withdraw from an undertaking, position, etc.; reverse a policy.

1715–25, Americanism; back2 + track Unabridged
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backtrack (ˈbækˌtræk)
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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Word Origin & History

"retrace one's steps," 1904, from back (adj.) + track (v.).
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Example sentences
If the expedition had followed your advice, they would have had to backtrack,
  losing precious summer travel days.
He also said he was open to pardoning the former dictator, only to backtrack.
The global warming alarmists continue to backtrack in the face of some real
  research and real science.
It was better to backtrack, every move elegantly reversed, than to climb in a
  clumsy or scrappy way.
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