back-pedal


back-pedal
/bak"ped'l/, v.i., back-pedaled, back-pedaling or (esp. Brit.) back-pedalled, back-pedalling.
1. to retard the forward motion by pressing backward on the pedal, esp. of a bicycle with coaster brakes.
2. to retreat from or reverse one's previous stand on any matter; shift ground: to back-pedal after severe criticism.
3. Boxing. to retreat from an opponent, esp. by stepping rapidly backward.
[1895-1900]

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