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backpedalverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈbækˌped.əl/ /ˌbækˈped-/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
  • backpedal verb [I] (CHANGE OPINION)

to ​change an ​opinion that you had ​expressed before, or do something different from what you had said you would do: As ​soon as I said I ​thought she was ​wrong, she ​started backpedalling. He said he'd ​help, but now he's ​starting to backpedal (on his ​promise).
(Definition of backpedal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “backpedal”
in Chinese (Simplified) 自行车, 倒踏自行车脚踏板…
in Chinese (Traditional) 腳踏車,單車,自行車, 倒踏腳踏車腳踏板…
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