back out

backed out; backing out; backs out

Definition of back out

intransitive verb

: to withdraw especially from a commitment or contest

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Examples of back out in a Sentence

she backed out on her offer to help with the wedding planning

First Known Use of back out

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of back out was in 1801

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