Backpedal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbækˌpedəl|  American pronunciation of the word backpedal
Brit.  |ˈbækˌpedəl|  British pronunciation of the word backpedal


- pedal backwards on a bicycle
- step backwards, in boxing
- modify one's opinion, make it less strong


They are backpedalling on the commitment to cut taxes.

The outfielder backpedaled a few steps to catch the fly ball.

The opponent has back-pedalled faster than you have advanced.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: backpedal
he/she/it: backpedals
present participle: backpedalling
past tense: backpedalled
past participle: backpedalled
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