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"backtrack" in British English

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backtrackverb [I]

uk   /ˈbæk.træk/  us   /ˈbæk.træk/
  • backtrack verb [I] (CHANGE OPINION)

to say that you did not ​mean something you said ​earlier or say that you have ​changedyouropinion: [+ speech] "All ​right," he backtracked, "It's ​possible that I was ​mistaken." The ​officers were ​forced to backtrack ontheirstatements. She ​refused to backtrack from her ​criticisms of the ​proposal.
(Definition of backtrack from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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backtrackverb [I]

 us   /ˈbækˌtræk/
to go back the same way you came, or to ​considerinformation again: We need to backtrack a ​bit and ​examine the ​history of this ​problem.
If you backtrack from something you ​previously said or ​agreed to do, you ​begin to ​stopsupporting it: The ​government backtracked on ​plans that would have ​increasedtaxes.
(Definition of backtrack from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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