backpedal

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back·ped·al

 (băk′pĕd′l)
intr.v. back·ped·aled, back·ped·al·ing, back·ped·als or back·ped·alled or back·ped·al·ling
1. To move the pedals of a bicycle or similar vehicle backward, especially to apply a brake.
2. To move backward by taking short quick steps, as in boxing or football.
3. To retreat or withdraw from a position or attitude: The senator later backpedaled on the issue.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.backpedal - pedal backwards on a bicyclebackpedal - pedal backwards on a bicycle  
bicycle, bike, pedal, wheel, cycle - ride a bicycle
2.backpedal - step backwards, in boxingbackpedal - step backwards, in boxing    
step - shift or move by taking a step; "step back"
3.backpedal - modify one's opinion, make it less strong
rethink - change one's mind; "He rethought his decision to take a vacation"

backpedal

verb
To move in a reverse direction:
Idiom: retrace one's steps.
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In it, Harris promises the viewer that Heineken Light is the best tasting light beer or he'll give you your money back, before backpedaling to clarify that someone at Heineken will be fulfilling the guarantee, not him personally.
But selling set in amid speculation that the weekend agreement by the Group of 20 to halve fiscal deficits in developed countries would lead to backpedaling on their economic stimulus measures, they said.
The bloc considers the UN proposal for the allocation of one seat for each of the Arab and Turkmen constituents among the compensatory seats and the non-allocation of seats for the Kurds as a strange backpedaling on the mission's stance in Iraq," the head of the Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc, Saadi al-Barzanji, said in a press conference held at the Baghdad-based Conferences Palace, which was attended by Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
These drills are not intended to be used for conditioning, so backpedaling should be limited to no more then 10 yards so the DB can react to the coach's command.
Following a strong public outcry by sportsmen and gun owners, including a legislative alert from NSSF, Albany, NY, Mayor Jerry Jennings, a member of anti-gun New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" coalition, appears to be backpedaling on his anti-gun proposals that would mandate registration of all firearms, outlaw private sales, require firearms dealers to report all sales to police, ban various types of ammunition and mandate how gun owners must store their guns.
But before he could even get halfway across, he suddenly stopped and started backpedaling before stopping his attempt.
With the Ducks still backpedaling in the second period, the Derek Armstrong gave the Kings a 2-1 lead at 9:25, slipping his backhander into the net.
Had Harnack's views prevailed, Catholics would still be backpedaling.
While striking terrorist camps in Afghanistan was tactically useful and diplomatically secure, the strike in Sudan gave way to yet another show of backpedaling and deceit from the White House, as what was orignally termed a "chemical weapons plant" became a pharmaceutical factory that produced chemicals associated with such weapons.
She insists that "there has been no backpedaling in this administration.
But don't bullshit the butterfly or the backpedaling shrimp in the watersparkles or the louse or the copperhead which lays and bakes its S on a warm stone