crawfish out

verb
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


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • crawfish — v. i. to back out in a humilating manner; as, We ll have to crawfish out from meeting with him. Syn: retreat, back out, back away, crawfish out, withdraw. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crawfish — /kraw fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) crawfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) crawfishes, v. n. 1. crayfish. v.i. 2. Informal. to back out or retreat from a position or undertaking. [1615 25; earlier crafish, cravish,… …   Universalium

  • crawfish — verb /ˈkrɒˌfɪʃ/ To backpedal, desert or withdraw, used with out He said hed organize the project, but I think he crawfished out of it. Syn: crayfish, crawdad …   Wiktionary

  • crawfish — I. noun Etymology: by folk etymology from Middle English crevis, kraveys Date: 1624 1. crayfish 1 2. spiny lobster II. intransitive verb Date: 1842 to retreat from a position ; back out < I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crawfish — craw•fish [[t]ˈkrɔˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. for kinds or species) fish•es 1) ivt crayfish 2) inf Informal. to back out of a commitment or retreat from a position • Etymology: 1615–25; earlier crafish, cravish, cravis <… …   From formal English to slang

  • crawfish — n. & v. n. (pl. same) a large marine spiny lobster. v.intr. US retreat; back out. Etymology: var. of CRAYFISH …   Useful english dictionary

  • back out — verb 1. move out of a space backwards (Freq. 2) He backed out of the driveway • Hypernyms: ↑back • Verb Frames: Somebody s Somebody s PP 2. make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity …   Useful english dictionary

  • back out — Synonyms and related words: abandon, abjure, back down, backpedal, backwater, beat a retreat, beg off, boggle, chicken, chicken out, climb down, crawfish out, cry off, deny, depart from, desert under fire, disavow, discard, disclaim, disengage,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pull back — verb 1. pull back or move away or backward (Freq. 1) The enemy withdrew The limo pulled away from the curb • Syn: ↑withdraw, ↑retreat, ↑pull away, ↑draw back, ↑recede, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • back away — verb make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity (Freq. 1) We ll have to crawfish out from meeting with him He backed out of his earlier promise The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns • Syn: ↑retreat, ↑pull back, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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