backpedal

verb back·ped·al \ ˈbak-ˌpe-dᵊl \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of backpedal

backpedaled; backpedaling; backpedals
: 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

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  • : to move backward with quick steps


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