backpedal

verb back·ped·al \ ˈbak-ˌpe-dᵊl \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of backpedal

intransitive verb
: to retreat or move backward

Examples of backpedal in a Sentence

  1. The outfielder backpedaled a few steps to catch the fly ball.

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First Known Use of backpedal

1896


BACKPEDAL Defined for English Language Learners

backpedal

verb

Definition of backpedal for English Language Learners

  • : to move backward with quick steps


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