Meaning of “back away” in the English Dictionary

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"back away" in British English

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back away

phrasal verb with back uk /bæk/ us /bæk/ verb

to move backwards away from something or someone, usually because you are frightened:

She saw that he had a gun and backed away.

to show that you do not support a plan or idea any longer and do not want to be involved with it:

The government has backed away from plans to increase taxes.

(Definition of “back away” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)