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"back down" in British English

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back down

phrasal verb with back uk   us   /bæk/ verb
to ​admit that you were ​wrong or that you have been ​defeated: Eventually, Roberto ​backed down and ​apologized. Local ​residents have ​forced the ​localcouncil to back down from/onitsplans to ​build a ​nightclub on ​theirstreet.
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"back down" in American English

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back down

(also back off)
phrasal verb with back  us   /bæk/ verb
to ​admit you were ​wrong, or to ​stopsupporting a ​position
(Definition of back down from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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