backslide


back·slide

verb \-ˌslīd\

: to start doing something bad again after you have stopped it

back·slid\-ˌslid\back·slid or back·slid·den\-ˌsli-dən\back·slid·ing\-ˌslī-diŋ\

Full Definition of BACKSLIDE

intransitive verb
1
:  to lapse morally or in the practice of religion
2
:  to revert to a worse condition :  retrogress
backslide noun
back·slid·er \-ˌslī-dər\ noun

Examples of BACKSLIDE

  1. Smokers who quit often backslide within a year.

First Known Use of BACKSLIDE

1552

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