Synonyms of 'backtrack'
The finance minister backtracked on his decision.
He hurriedly sought to retract the statement.
He withdrew his remarks and said he had not intended to cause offence.
The Government had to retreat on student loans.
I drew back with a horrified scream.
a man who refused after torture to recant his heresy
eat your words
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If you back-pedal, you express a different or less forceful opinion about something from the one you have previously expressed.
He appeared to back-pedal on that statement.
Thesaurus for backtrack from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you backtrack on a statement or decision you have made, you do or say something that shows that you no longer agree with it or support it.