1. phrasal verb
If you back away from a commitment that you made or something that you were involved with in the past, you try to show that you are no longer committed to it or involved with it.
[VP + from] ⇒ The company backed away from plans to cut their pay by 15%.
[VPfrom n] ⇒ He's backing away from the policies and style of his predecessor.
[VP] ⇒ Until yesterday, Britain had backed away because it didn't like the cost.
2. phrasal verb
→ back If you back away, you walk backwards away from someone or something, often because you are frightened of them.
[VP] ⇒ James got to his feet and started to come over, but the girls hastily backed away. [Also V P + from]
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