back out

verb
1. move out of a space backwards (Freq. 2)
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He backed out of the driveway

Hypernyms: ↑back
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

2. make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
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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

Syn:
Derivationally related forms: ↑withdrawer (for: ↑withdraw), ↑withdrawal (for: ↑withdraw)
Verb Group:
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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[verb]
often with of
withdraw, abandon, cancel, give up, go back on, resign, retreat

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I. intransitive verb
Etymology: back (IV) + out
: to withdraw especially from an agreement, commitment, or contest — often used with of

back out of a fight

agreed to come, then backed out

backed out of their treaty obligations

II. noun
: the act or an instance of backing out of something

a fight from which there was no chance of a back out

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back out
1. To move out backwards
2. To evade an obligation or undertaking
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Main Entry:back

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ˌback ˈout [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they back out he/she/it backs out present participle backing out past tense backed out past participle backed out] phrasal verb
to decide not to do something you agreed to do

I promised to help and I’m not backing out now.

back out of:

We’re hoping that no one will back out of the deal.

Thesaurus: to decide not to do or have somethingsynonym to not keep a promisesynonym
Main entry: back

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withdraw from a commitment

if he backs out of the deal they'll sue him

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back out [phrasal verb]
: to decide not to do something that you had agreed to do

The deal fell through when investors backed out.

— often + of

The investors backed out of the deal.

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Main Entry:back

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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