Back down - definition, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbæk ˈdaʊn|
Brit.  |ˈbæk daʊn|

verb

- move backwards from a certain position

The bully had to back down

- remove oneself from an obligation

Examples

Both sides have refused to back down.

The bully had to back down

Her husband called back down to her.

The whale surfaced and then dove back down.

...the crew put the cargo on the float before heading back down the river...

...if you back down about dinner again, I'm not going to agree to another date...

The scotches failed, and the carriage began to back down the hill.

She soon brought him back down to earth.

He doesn't want to back down (=accept defeat in an argument) and risk losing face.

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