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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