back away

verb
make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity (Freq. 1)
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We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him

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He backed out of his earlier promise

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The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns

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Derivationally related forms: ↑withdrawer (for: ↑withdraw), ↑withdrawal (for: ↑withdraw)
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Verb Frames:
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back away [phrasal verb]
: to move away from something or someone by walking backward

The robber pointed a gun at the policeman and told him to back away slowly.

— often + from

The policeman slowly backed away from the robber.

She backed away from the growling dog.

— often used figuratively

The government seems to be backing away from its earlier proposal.

She has backed away from her controversial position on the death penalty.

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Main Entry:back

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