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English definition of “back off”

back off

informal phrasal verb with back     /bæk/ verb
to stop being involved in a situation, usually in order to allow other people to deal with it themselves: She started to criticize me, then she suddenly backed off. Just back off and let us do this on our own, will you?Abstaining and refraining B2 to move backwards away from someone, usually because you are frightened: I saw the knife and backed off.Running away and escaping
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