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English definition of “backpedal”

backpedal

verb [I] (CHANGE OPINION)    /ˈbækˌped.əl/ /ˌbækˈped-/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
to change an opinion that you had expressed before, or do something different from what you had said you would do: As soon as I said I thought she was wrong , she started backpedalling. He said he'd help , but now he's starting to backpedal (on his promise ).Changing your mind
(Definition of backpedal verb (CHANGE OPINION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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