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backslide

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verb back·slide \-ˌslīd\

Simple Definition of backslide

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

Full Definition of backslide

back·slidplay \-ˌslid\back·slid or back·slid·denplay \-ˌsli-dən\back·slid·ingplay \-ˌslī-diŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lapse morally or in the practice of religion

  3. 2 :  to revert to a worse condition :  retrogress

backslide noun
back·slid·er play \-ˌslī-dər\ noun

Examples of backslide

  1. Smokers who quit often backslide within a year.



1552

First Known Use of backslide

1552


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