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backstep

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noun back·step \ˈbak-ˌstep\

Definition of backstep

plural

backsteps

  1. :  a backward step A rugged, aggressive, hard-punching pugilist who refuses to take a backstep in the ring … — San Gabriel Valley Tribune (California), 21 Oct. 2009

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First Known Use of backstep

1562


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backstep

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intransitive verb back·step \ˈbak-ˌstep\

Definition of backstep

backstepped

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backstepping

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backsteps

  1. 1 :  to take a step backward Gwynn deflected the axe again and backstepped rapidly, trying to get some space in which to catch a breath. — K. J. Bishop, The Etched City, 2003

  2. 2 :  to modify, retreat from, or reverse a position or stand once taken :  backtrack 2 Kentucky legislators forced multi-age classes on its elementary schools in 1992 as part of an education overhaul, but backstepped last year by allowing unhappy schools to opt out. — Susan Hill Smith, Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina), 16 Sept. 1997

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First Known Use of backstep

1900


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