Meaning of “back down” in the English Dictionary

american-english dictionary

"back down" in British English

See all translations

back down

phrasal verb with back uk /bæk/ 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 local council to back down from/on its plans to build a nightclub on their street.

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

"back down" in American English

See all translations

back down

also back off
phrasal verb with back us /bæk/ verb

to admit you were wrong, or to stop supporting a position

(Definition of “back down” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)