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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 12:00:00 AM
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backpedal

To quickly and often abruptly reverse or retreat from one's position or opinion on a given subject. Refers to pedaling backwards on a bicycle (done to apply the brakes on fixed-gear bikes), or to taking quick, backward steps, as in football or boxing. More...

Delon
Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 5:56:19 AM
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The person who backpedals...is he/she a backpedaler or a backpedaller?
monamagda
Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 10:14:58 AM

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When you backpedal, you completely change your position or opinion. You might backpedal on your promise to buy your friend lunch when you see how expensive the restaurant is.

If a politician supports a certain position and then seems to reverse her opinion or significantly change it, she backpedals. And if you guarantee you'll make cupcakes for a bake sale, but then you run out of time, you might have to backpedal. A more literal meaning of backpedal is, just as it sounds, to pedal a bicycle backwards.


https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/backpedal
Omar Mariani
Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 1:54:28 PM

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Most people have criticized the authorities for backpedaling on budget reform
Rahul Goyal
Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 2:43:00 PM

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I have seen people use retract as well.
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