back off


backed off; backing off; backs off

Examples of back off in a Sentence

you'd better not back off on your promise to do all the planning for the big dance
Recent Examples on the Web In other words, will some back off in contributing money or perhaps hedge their bets now that Ferbert potentially has flipped the script? Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2024 The final standards released Wednesday didn't back off that ambitious 2032 target in terms of the fleetwide reduction in greenhouse gases, including carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and others that are considered dangerous to human health and contribute to climate change. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 20 Mar. 2024 Storyboards for that film originally featured the character with long hair pulled back off her face, but Theron suggested a road warrior like Furiosa wouldn't bother with such things. Lauren Huff,, 19 Mar. 2024 Laurent, though—perhaps a bit more of a mad scientist or poet than your typical in-house perfumer—is not one to back off from a challenge. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 27 Feb. 2024 New tax cuts from India could be the key Tesla and its EV competitors need to unlock the world’s third-largest auto market—but only if the government backs off on limiting sales. Dylan Sloan, Fortune, 18 Mar. 2024 The agency drafting the plans backed off its initial proposals in the face of protests, but Beijing has been adopting an increasingly tougher stance against the game industry. Mike Isaac, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Sources familiar with the discussions say Hamas has backed off some key demands, bringing the negotiating parties closer to an initial agreement that could halt the fighting and see a group of Israeli hostages released. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 At the very least though, Feliciano seemed to realize his mistake and backed off. Jon Hoefling, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of back off was in 1920

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“Back off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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