Definition of walk back
: to retreat from or distance oneself from (a previously stated opinion or position) < … try not to say anything in the primary campaign that you might need to walk back in the general election. — The Progressive Populist> < … has tried to walk back his suggestion about Japan, in particular, claiming in recent days that he “never said” that the Asian nation should acquire nuclear weapons. — Julian Hattem>
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