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English definition of “backtrack”

backtrack

verb [I] uk   /ˈbæk.træk/ us  

backtrack verb [I] (GO BACK)

to go back along a path that you have just followed: We went the wrong way and had to backtrack till we got to the right turning.Returning to a place

backtrack verb [I] (CHANGE OPINION)

to say that you did not mean something you said earlier or say that you have changed your opinion: [+ speech] "All right," he backtracked, "It's possible that I was mistaken." The officers were forced to backtrack on their statements. She refused to backtrack from her criticisms of the proposal.Denying and contradicting
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