Synonyms of 'back away'
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He was wounded, but did not retire from the field.
When groups of people such as troops withdraw or when someone withdraws them, they leave the place where they are fighting or where they are based and return nearer home.
Troops withdrew from the country last March.
As she receded into the distance he waved goodbye.
If troops pull back or if their leader pulls them back, they go some or all of the way back to their own territory.
They were asked to pull back from their positions around the city.
If you back off, you move away in order to avoid problems or a fight.
They backed off in horror.
If you recoil from doing something or recoil at the idea of something, you refuse to do it or accept it because you dislike it so much.
People used to recoil from the idea of getting into debt.
I drew back with a horrified scream.
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Thesaurus for back away from the Collins English Thesaurus
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.