Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “go back on sth”

go back on sth

verb uk phrasal verb with go   /ɡəʊ/ us    /ɡoʊ/ (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
to fail to keep a promise, or to change a decision or agreement: The government looks likely to go back on its decision to close the mines. She's gone back on her word and decided not to give me the job after all.Making and breaking promises and commitmentsChanging your mind
(Definition of go back on sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of go back on sth?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “go back on sth” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bitter

a type of dark brown beer with a bitter taste

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More