back down

back down
1. move backwards from a certain position (Freq. 2)

The bully had to back down

Syn: ↑back up, ↑back off
Derivationally related forms: ↑backdown
Verb Frames:

Something ——s


Somebody ——s

2. remove oneself from an obligation

He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved

Syn: ↑chicken out, ↑back off, ↑pull out, ↑bow out
Hypernyms: ↑retire, ↑withdraw
Hyponyms: ↑resile
Verb Group: ↑pull out, ↑get out
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s


Somebody ——s PP

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give in, accede, admit defeat, back-pedal, concede, surrender, withdraw, yield

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GIVE IN, concede defeat, surrender, yield, submit, climb down, concede, reconsider; backtrack, back-pedal.

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intransitive verb
: to retreat or withdraw from a previous commitment, position, or claim

wished he had not undertaken the errand, but he was afraid to back down — Harold Sinclair

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back down
1. To abandon one's opinion or position
2. To move (a boat) backwards by pushing the oars (rowing) (backˈdown noun)
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Main Entry:back

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ˌback ˈdown [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they back down he/she/it backs down present participle backing down past tense backed down past participle backed down] phrasal verb
to stop asking for something, or to stop saying that you will do something, because a lot of people oppose you

Neither side is willing to back down.

back down on:

We will not back down on the decision to strike.

Thesaurus: to decide not to do or have somethingsynonym
Main entry: back

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withdraw a claim or assertion in the face of opposition

the contenders backed down from their original pledge

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back down [phrasal verb]
: to stop arguing or fighting for something

When threatened with a revolt of its own supporters, the government backed down.

The strike is expected to continue because neither side is willing to back down.

— often + from

The government backed down from its position.

He'll never back down from a fight.

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Main Entry:back

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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