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English definition of “back off”

back off

phrasal verb with back     /bæk/ verb
MOVE B2 to move away from someone, usually because you are afraid : I saw the knife and backed off.Running away and escaping
STOP SUPPORTING mainly US to stop supporting a plan : The president has backed off from a threat to expel UN soldiers .Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
(Definition of back off from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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