To back down

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To back down to retreat or withdraw from a promise, engagement, or contest; to recede.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so that the stomach is dangling out of it's mouth. Then the frog uses its' forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
    • To back down to abandon one's opinion or position
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Quotations

  • Browning Nagle
    Browning Nagle
    “In certain situations we'd be down and the competitor in me would want to get it all back in one play. That impatience makes for bad plays, mistakes, and turnarounds.”
  • Lyn St. James
    Lyn St. James
    “Whenever I get to a low point, I go back to the basics. I ask myself, Why am I doing this? It comes down to passion.”
  • Les Brown
    Les%20Brown
    “When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bæc, Sw. bak, Dan. bag.

Usage

In literature:

Missy, I wishes I could go back down to Crawfordville one more time.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
I stand pat, just where I stood at first, and it'll take a lot uh cackling to make me back down.
"The Happy Family" by Bertha Muzzy Bower
Old Missus Snibley kept my hat pulled down over my face so I couldn't see de way to go back.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
But soon the stage was put back on its wheels again, and the guide called to her to come down.
"Ted Strong's Motor Car" by Edward C. Taylor
The woman in the red waist summoned an attendant to show him back down the long corridor.
"Romance Island" by Zona Gale
Back in The Green Bungalow he flung off his coat and threw himself down in his shirt-sleeves on the verandah to read his sister's letter.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
He got the car out and came back for the boy, whom he carried down to the car, locking the back door after him.
"John Thorndyke's Cases" by R. Austin Freeman
They drifted down Parliament Street to Westminster and back again.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
The next day Wade sent Lewis with pack-horse down to the rustler's cabin, to bury the dead men and fetch back their effects.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
Meanwhile he sat down and worked till it was time to go back to his hotel.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
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In poetry:

The days, the years, the ages dark,
Descending down to night,
Can never, never be redeem'd
Back to the gates of light.
"The Complaint of Nature" by John Logan
No matter if the crushing blow
May for the moment down me,
Still, back of it waits Love, I know,
With some new gift to crown me.
"Recompense" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
``Yet sink down from the firmament
Back to life's dearth and dole,
Knowing full well that song was sent
To comfort and console.''
"A Question Answered" by Alfred Austin
Let me up and go
Back to the work I know, Lord!
Back to the work I know, Lord!
For it is dark where I lie down, My Lord!
An' it's dark where I lie down!
"Old Mother Laidinwool" by Rudyard Kipling
(Now the train's going down the track,
maybe today it'll carry me back,
maybe my hot face will cool down today,
maybe you'll talk to me, maybe you'll say:
"Ode [Óda]" by Attila Jozsef
Then his heart was rested, and his fears gave way,
And he bent to his hoe again. . . .
A clod rolled down, and his foot slipped back,
And he lurched with a cry of pain.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell

In news:

Does it apply to someone who thinks he might spin off into outer space and never be able to get back down to Earth.
La Quinta , the Irving-based hotel chain, plans to sell more than 40 percent of its corporate-owned locations in Dallas-Fort Worth as it pares back its portfolio and collects cash to pay down debt.
Fever refuse to back down .
Refusing to back down .
Kobe Bryant refusing to back down against Oklahoma City.
Getting Iran to back down on its nuclear program.
Calling opponent 'numbnuts,' Christie refuses to back down from gay marriage comments.
The 2003 UNLV football team refused to back down against Wisconsin.
Brad Miller isn't going to back down from a fight.
Not ready to back down .
Walmart is refusing to back down in its fight against the City Council to… (Rochkind/Bloomberg ).
States Tell Feds to Back Down .
President Obama on Monday declined to back down from his campaign's attacks on Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital despite criticism from some Democrats.
Wade Phillips continues to back down from his get-tough vow.
Which the trigger-happy backers of privatization, and Won't Back Down, may not want to hear.
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In science:

The Gauss word of the curve is obtained by moving along the curve starting at the base point and writing down the letters as we encounter them, finishing when we get back to the base point.
Finite type invariants of words and Arnold's invariants
Hawking radiate back down to the original mass M .
Black Holes, AdS, and CFTs
M ′ > M and letting it radiate back down to M .
Black Holes, AdS, and CFTs
Indeed, looking back to (3.2), we see that each up-flip brings with it a factor of αk and each down-flip, a factor of ¯αk .
Autocorrelations of the characteristic polynomial of a random matrix under microscopic scaling
The signal is then passed through the array at appropriate power level and finally amplified and down-mixed back to baseband in order to be processed by the electronics.
Electronics and data acquisition demonstrator for a kinetic inductance camera
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