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 Scottish Government spent much of yesterday frantically back-pedalling from the Justice Secretary's wise words.
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Wilson drove wide and Jack Lewis' long delivery had Roberts desperately back-pedalling, but Town were generally lacking in penetration.
ROMANIA has not only failed to crack down on its serious corruption problems, its government has been back-pedalling, the latest European Commission monitoring report on its probity has said.
Resuming on 142 for three after lunch, Michael Hussey failed to add to his interval score of 39 as he edged Steyn to JP Duminy in the gully and Brad Haddin scored 18 before he lofted spinner Harris to the same fielder back-pedalling at deep mid-on.