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English definition of “back away”

back away

phrasal verb with back     /bæk/ verb
to move backwards away from something or someone, usually because you are frightened: She saw that he had a gun and backed away.Running away and escaping to show that you do not support a plan or idea any longer and do not want to be involved with it: The government has backed away from plans to increase taxes.Changing your mind
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