walk back

verb
walked back; walking back; walks back

Definition of walk back

transitive verb

US
: 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

First Known Use of walk back

2000, in the meaning defined above

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“Walk back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walk%20back. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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