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English definition of “backpedal”

backpedal

verb [I] (BICYCLE)    /ˈbækˌped.əl/ /ˌbækˈped-/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
to move the pedals (= parts you operate with your feet) backwards on a bicycle: Some types of bike have brakes that you operate by backpedalling.Bicycles
(Definition of backpedal verb (BICYCLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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