backpedal

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verb back·ped·al \ˈbak-ˌpe-dəl\

Definition of backpedal

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to retreat or move backward

Examples of backpedal in a sentence

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

1896

First Known Use of backpedal

1896


BACKPEDAL Defined for English Language Learners

backpedal

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verb back·ped·al \ˈbak-ˌpe-dəl\

Definition of backpedal for English Language Learners

  • : to move backward with quick steps

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