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Definition of backpedal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they backpedal he / she / it backpedals past simple backpedaled ()backpedalled -ing form backpedaling ()backpedalling
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  1. 1[intransitive] backpedal (on something) to change an earlier statement or opinion; to not do something that you promised to do The protests have forced the government to backpedal on the new tax.
  2. 2[intransitive] to pedal backward on a bicycle; to walk or run backward