back down

If you back down, you withdraw a claim, demand, or commitment that you made earlier, because other people are strongly opposed to it.

[V P] The United States had no intention of backing down in its bitter row with the European Community over farm subsidies...

[V P] It's too late to back down now...

[V P on/over n] He had to back down on plans to backdate the tax changes.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • back\ down — • back down • back off v informal To give up a claim; not follow up a threat. Bill said he could beat Ted, but when Ted put up his fists Bill backed down. Harry claimed Joe had taken his book, but backed down when the teacher talked with him. Syn …   Словарь американских идиом

  • back down — (v.) in figurative sense of withdraw a charge, 1859, American English, from notion of descending a ladder, etc.; from BACK (Cf. back) (v.) + DOWN (Cf. down) (adv.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • back|down — «BAK DOWN», noun. Informal. a backing down; retreat from a claim, position, or point of view after a challenge: »... backdowns, concessions and shifts (Time) …   Useful english dictionary

  • back down — index abandon (withdraw), accede (concede), disavow, surrender (yield), yield (submit) …   Law dictionary

  • back down — verb 1. move backwards from a certain position (Freq. 2) The bully had to back down • Syn: ↑back up, ↑back off • Derivationally related forms: ↑backdown • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • back down — v. (D; intr.) to back down from (they had to back down from their demands) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • back down — to decide not to do something because others say you should not do it. Most of the speakers opposed the budget cuts, but the mayor said she would not back down. We demanded an end to the weapons tests, and we thought they had agreed to back down …   New idioms dictionary

  • back down — all your begging is useless because I am not going to back down Syn: give in, concede defeat, surrender, yield, submit, climb down, concede, reconsider; backtrack, backpedal …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • back down — verb To take a less aggressive position in a conflict than one previously has or has planned to. I was about to sue them, but I had to back down. See Also: give in, retract …   Wiktionary

  • back down — yield, not challenge, not stand up to    Ole won t back down from you. He s ready to fight …   English idioms

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