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Meaning of “back off” in the English Dictionary

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back off

informal
phrasal verb with back uk   us   /bæk/ verb
to ​stop being ​involved in a ​situation, usually in ​order to ​allow other ​people to ​deal with it themselves: She ​started to ​criticize me, then she ​suddenlybacked off. Just back off and ​let us do this on ​our own, will you?B2 to ​movebackwards away from someone, usually because you are ​frightened: I ​saw the ​knife and ​backed off.
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