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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
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