back off

Idioms & Phrases

back off

  1. See back down, def. 2.

  2. Relent, abandon one's stand. For example, The chairman wanted to sell one division but later backed off. [Mid-1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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