Word forms: 3rd person singular present
, present participle back-pedalling
, past tense , past participle back-pedalled
language note: The forms back-pedaling and back-pedaled are used in American English.
If you back-pedal
, you express a different or less forceful
opinion about something from the one you have previously expressed.
Allen back-pedalled, saying that he had had no intention of offending them.
He appeared to back-pedal on that statement.
She's backpedaled twice already.
The cabinet may backpedal on these commitments.
...Britain's back-pedalling on reforms.
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