backpedal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v backpedal modify one's opinion, make it less strong
    • v backpedal step backwards, in boxing
    • v backpedal pedal backwards on a bicycle
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • backpedal In bicycling, to press down upon the pedal as it rises, in order to check the movement of the wheel.
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Usage

In literature:

The other Watchmen stood aside while Hector slowly backpedaled, stumbling slightly on the uneven ground.
"The Dueling Machine" by Benjamin William Bova
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In news:

Palmer tries to backpedal from rant about Buckeyes fans.
Lance Armstrong's titles have been taken away, and maybe that's justice ("Lance Armstrong has no more room to backpedal," Commentary, Monday).
Scott Stringer Says City Planning Backpedaled, and Other NYU Rezoning Reactions.
Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks backpedals during… (ASSOCIATED…).
Syria 'backpedaling furiously ' over weapons threats.
City backpedals on controversial water pipeline project.
Darden Restaurants backpedals on cutting full-time workers.
With Genie Out of Bottle, Democrats Backpedal on Another Stimulus Package.
Kevin Love spent the morning backpedaling and Nikola Pekovic spent the evening plowing full steam ahead.
The par on each nine at Indianwood is 35, so Kite was 7-under on the front nine OK, so he backpedaled to 37 on the back nine, but his 5-under 65 still led the championship.
Following a campaign by UK shooters, the UK retailer WH Smith is backpedaling from its decision to bar the sale of shooting sports magazines to customers under the age of 14.
Japan's Cabinet backpedals on totally phasing out nuclear energy .
Chu backpedals on call for higher gas prices.
NYC Marathon Organizer Backpedals on No-Bag Policy.
Japan's Cabinet backpedals on totally phasing out nuclear energy.
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