Definition of back-pedal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    back-pedal

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    verb
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    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they back-pedal
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    he / she / it back-pedals
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    past simple back-pedalled
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    past participle back-pedalled
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    (North American English) past simple back-pedaled
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    (North American English) past participle back-pedaled
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    -ing form back-pedalling
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    (North American English) -ing form back-pedaling
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  1. 1[intransitive] back-pedal (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 back-pedal on the new tax.
  2. 2[intransitive] to pedal backwards on a bicycle; to walk or run backwards Wordfinderback-pedal, cycling, dismount, handlebar, pedal, ride, saddle, speed, tandem, velodrome See related entries: Cycling