back out


backed out; backing out; backs out

intransitive verb

: to withdraw especially from a commitment or contest

Examples of back out in a Sentence

she backed out on her offer to help with the wedding planning
Recent Examples on the Web The two agreed to bring Bryson to a meeting with detectives but backed out an hour beforehand. David Matthews, New York Daily News, 3 July 2024 His parents, Daniel and Kristin Muir, initially cooperated with authorities but on Friday backed out of an agreement to bring Bryson to meet with investigators, state police said. Doha Madani, NBC News, 30 June 2024 After agreeing to meet officials and bring their son Friday, his parents backed out of the plan, the release said. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 29 June 2024 Reynolds, who was recently divorced, sings about the myriad complications of pursuing a new crush, and the result is an honest depiction of a middle-aged guy fumbling his way back out there after a long time on the shelf. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for back out 

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of back out was in 1801

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“Back out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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