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English definition of “backtrack”

backtrack

verb [I] (CHANGE OPINION)    /ˈbæk.træk/
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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