back-pedal


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back-pedal

vb (intr) , -pedals, -pedalling or -pedalled, -pedals, -pedaling or -pedaled
1. (Cycle Racing) to turn the pedals of a bicycle backwards
2. to retract or modify a previous opinion, principle, etc
3. (Boxing) boxing to take backward steps
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back′-ped`al



v.i. -ped•aled, -ped•al•ing (esp. Brit.) -ped•alled, -ped•al•ling.
1. to retard the forward motion of a bicycle by pressing backward on the pedal.
2. to retreat from or reverse one's previous stand on a matter.
3. to make quick steps backward, as in retreating against a boxing opponent.
[1895–1900]
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back-pedal


Past participle: back-pedalled
Gerund: back-pedalling

Imperative
back-pedal
back-pedal
Present
I back-pedal
you back-pedal
he/she/it back-pedals
we back-pedal
you back-pedal
they back-pedal
Preterite
I back-pedalled
you back-pedalled
he/she/it back-pedalled
we back-pedalled
you back-pedalled
they back-pedalled
Present Continuous
I am back-pedalling
you are back-pedalling
he/she/it is back-pedalling
we are back-pedalling
you are back-pedalling
they are back-pedalling
Present Perfect
I have back-pedalled
you have back-pedalled
he/she/it has back-pedalled
we have back-pedalled
you have back-pedalled
they have back-pedalled
Past Continuous
I was back-pedalling
you were back-pedalling
he/she/it was back-pedalling
we were back-pedalling
you were back-pedalling
they were back-pedalling
Past Perfect
I had back-pedalled
you had back-pedalled
he/she/it had back-pedalled
we had back-pedalled
you had back-pedalled
they had back-pedalled
Future
I will back-pedal
you will back-pedal
he/she/it will back-pedal
we will back-pedal
you will back-pedal
they will back-pedal
Future Perfect
I will have back-pedalled
you will have back-pedalled
he/she/it will have back-pedalled
we will have back-pedalled
you will have back-pedalled
they will have back-pedalled
Future Continuous
I will be back-pedalling
you will be back-pedalling
he/she/it will be back-pedalling
we will be back-pedalling
you will be back-pedalling
they will be back-pedalling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been back-pedalling
you have been back-pedalling
he/she/it has been back-pedalling
we have been back-pedalling
you have been back-pedalling
they have been back-pedalling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been back-pedalling
you will have been back-pedalling
he/she/it will have been back-pedalling
we will have been back-pedalling
you will have been back-pedalling
they will have been back-pedalling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been back-pedalling
you had been back-pedalling
he/she/it had been back-pedalling
we had been back-pedalling
you had been back-pedalling
they had been back-pedalling
Conditional
I would back-pedal
you would back-pedal
he/she/it would back-pedal
we would back-pedal
you would back-pedal
they would back-pedal
Past Conditional
I would have back-pedalled
you would have back-pedalled
he/she/it would have back-pedalled
we would have back-pedalled
you would have back-pedalled
they would have back-pedalled
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back-pedal

verb
1. backtrack, go back, reverse, reconsider, climb down, have second thoughts, change your mind, flip-flop (informal, chiefly U.S.), do a U-turn He appeared to back-pedal on that statement.
2. break your word, go back on your word, default, back out, repudiate, welsh (slang), flip-flop (informal, chiefly U.S.), break a promise He's back-pedalled twice already.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
Translations

back-pedal

[ˈbækˈpedl] VI (on bicycle) → pedalear hacia atrás (fig) → echarse atrás, dar marcha atrás
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

back-pedal

[ˌbækˈpɛdl] vi (on bicycle) → pedalare all'indietro (fig) → fare marcia indietro
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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