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back away

verb uk phrasal verb with back   /bæk/ us  
to move backwards away from something or someone, usually because you are frightened: She saw that he had a gun and backed away. to show that you do not support a plan or idea any longer and do not want to be involved with it: The government has backed away from plans to increase taxes.
Translations of “back away”
in Chinese (Traditional) 退後, 退縮, 不再支持…
in Russian отступаться…
in Turkish uzak durmak, bulaşmamak, karışmadığını…
in Chinese (Simplified) 后退, 退缩, 不再支持…
in Polish wycofać się…
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