back-pedalling


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back-pedaling

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a retreat from or a retraction of a previously held view
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back-pedalling

[ˈbækˌpedəlɪŋ] N back-pedalling is his speciality (fig) → echarse atrás or dar marcha atrás es su especialidad
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The youngest keeper in Champions League history, Mile Svilar, was caught out by a Marcus Rashford freekick from 40 yards that he took in both hands before back-pedalling over his own line.
Promise not kept after election THELMA Walker our new MP might be new to the corridors of Westminster and a bit green about most matters but she has rapidly mastered the skills of back-pedalling on promises made during her election campaign.
The Seagulls cruised into a 5-0 lead, with Denbigh snatching two consolation goals in the last four minutes with an Alan Bull penalty and audacious free kick from the half-way line by Ade Dobson who spotted Bay's Simon Williams off his line and sent a 50 yard effort dipping over the back-pedalling keeper into the net.
He has been criticised in some quarters for being less proactive than he might, but paid for a little adventure on this occasion - taking on the hook against Sri Lanka's quickest bowler Pradeep, and memorably caught just inside the rope by a back-pedalling Lakmal at longleg.
Prosecutor James Wilson said: "CCTV footage showed him back-pedalling in an attempt to avoid the vehicle.
12 said its rivals will produce more oil than expected this year, as it continued back-pedalling from its previous scepticism over the significance of the US shale boom.
The Scottish Government spent much of yesterday frantically back-pedalling from the Justice Secretary's wise words.
Never mind a knighthood for his back-pedalling skills, Bradley Wiggins deserves to be canonized for services to facial hair.
His attempt at back-pedalling was also met with scorn by the British press, many of whom questioned Mr Romney's apparent un-statesmanlike behaviour.
London, Sept 21 (ANI): Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux were spotted taking a romantic stroll through New York's West Village while her ex-husband Brad Pitt keeps back-pedalling over the marriage jibes he made last week.
Yet the treatment of elephants in circuses - a notorious case was in the news recently, the elephant having now been comfortably re-housed at Longleat - is disturbing and the Prime Minister is now back-pedalling on improving statutory protection for these much-loved animals, and other wild animal species too, no doubt.
Home full-back Lee Vaughan's clearance whizzed across his own penalty area to the opposite side and Jamie Mullan controlled the errant ball and smashed a low show past keeper Danny Lewis and two back-pedalling defenders.