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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 changed your opinion: [+ speech] "All right," he backtracked, "It's possible that I was mistaken." The officers were forced to backtrack on their statements. 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 consider information 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 stop supporting it: The government backtracked on plans that would have increased taxes.
(Definition of backtrack from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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