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backwardsadverb

uk   /ˈbæk.wədz/ us   /ˈbæk.wɚdz/ mainly UK US usually backward
B1 towards the direction that is opposite to the one in which you are facing or opposite to the usual direction: I walked backwards towards the door. He took a step backwards to allow her to pass. He began counting backwards: "Ten, nine, eight..."
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returning to older and less effective ways: The breakdown in negotiations will be seen as a step backwards.
backwards and forwards
first in one direction and then in the opposite one: Paul paced anxiously backwards and forwards.

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