backpedal


backpedal
Synonyms and related words:
arrest, back, back away, back off, back out, back up, backtrack, backtrail, backwater, brake, check, clip the wings, countermarch, crawfish out, cry off, curb, decelerate, delay, detain, dodge, draw rein, duck, ease off, ease up, elude, evade, get around, go into reverse, hold back, hold in check, hold up, impede, keep back, let down, let up, lose ground, lose momentum, lose speed, make sternway, moderate, obstruct, reef, rein in, relax, renege, resile, retard, reverse, set back, shirk, sidestep, slack off, slack up, slacken, slow, slow down, slow up, stay, take in sail, throttle down, welsh

Moby Thesaurus. . 1996.

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  • backpedal — ack ped*al v. i. 1. pedal backwards, as on a bicycle. [WordNet 1.5] 2. step backwards, in boxing. [WordNet 1.5] 3. modify one opinion, usually by making it less strong or adding qualifications. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • backpedal — [bak′ped΄ l] vi. backpedaled or backpedalled, backpedaling or backpedalling 1. to press backward on the pedals of a bicycle, as to brake ☆ 2. to move backward quickly, as in boxing to avoid blows ☆ 3. to retract an earlier opinion * * * back …   Universalium

  • backpedal — [bak′ped΄ l] vi. backpedaled or backpedalled, backpedaling or backpedalling 1. to press backward on the pedals of a bicycle, as to brake ☆ 2. to move backward quickly, as in boxing to avoid blows ☆ 3. to retract an earlier opinion …   English World dictionary

  • backpedal — verb a) To pedal backwards on a bicycle. The player had to backpedal before catching the ball. b) To step backwards. Though initially adopting a hard line stance, the politician soon started to backpedal …   Wiktionary

  • backpedal — UK [ˈbækˌped(ə)l] / US [bækˈped(ə)l] / US [ˈbækˌped(ə)l] verb [intransitive] Word forms backpedal : present tense I/you/we/they backpedal he/she/it backpedals present participle backpedalling past tense backpedalled past participle backpedalled… …   English dictionary

  • backpedal — intransitive verb Date: 1901 to retreat or move backward …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • backpedal — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. retract, take back, recant, retreat, renege, back down. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To move in a reverse direction: back, backtrack, fall back, retreat, retrocede, retrograde, retrogress. Idiom: retrace one s… …   English dictionary for students

  • backpedal — back|ped|al [ˌbækˈpedl US ˈbækˌpedl] v past tense and past participle backpedalled present participle backpedalling BrE past tense and past participle backpedaled present participle backpedaling AmE [I] 1.) to change your opinion or not do… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • backpedal — back|ped|al [ bæk pedl, bæk,pedl ] (present participle back|ped|al|ing or back|ped|al|ling; past tense and past participle back|ped|aled or back|ped|alled) verb intransitive 1. ) to show that you are no longer certain about a previous opinion,… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • backpedal — v. pedal backwards; change one s opinion …   English contemporary dictionary


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