back away


backed away; backing away; backs away

intransitive verb

: to move away (as from a stand on an issue or from a commitment)

Examples of back away in a Sentence

backed away from the snake very slowly and carefully
Recent Examples on the Web In a statement to CBS News at the time, the church backed away from the claim, emphasizing that its system reflected its efforts to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Sabine Martin, The Arizona Republic, 5 June 2024 Anyone who encounters a bear should not run and should remain calm and still before slowly backing away until the bear is out of sight, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers said. Julianna O'Clair, The Denver Post, 26 May 2024 Stand still, stay calm, and slowly back away until the bear is out of sight. Brooke Baitinger, Idaho Statesman, 22 May 2024 The Blueprint’s background Ironically, the Blueprint was born out of a commission supported by a Republican governor — who later backed away from the plan because of cost concerns. Ela Jalil, Baltimore Sun, 20 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for back away 

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of back away was in 1833

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“Back away.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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