walk back


walked back; walking back; walks back

transitive verb

: 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

Examples of walk back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web OpenAI has since walked back some of its open source protocols. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 22 Feb. 2024 Leonsis has walked back his finger-pointing at crime as the reason. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Harold Phillips was walking back to his Detroit home when the attack occurred A father from Michigan has died days after being attacked by three dogs. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 On Monday afternoon, a middle-age man climbed off the back of a motorbike outside a butcher shop in a quiet Medellín suburb, entered, pulled out a gun and shot Blanco twice in the head before calmly walking back to his bike and disappearing into the city. Miami Herald Archives, Miami Herald, 29 Jan. 2024 The 23-year-old Flowers could only walk back to the sideline in a pit of frustration. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 28 Jan. 2024 After the game, Dinwiddie and Pelinka walked back toward the Lakers’ locker room. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 In a sweet TikTok video, Jason could be seen carrying his oldest daughter around on his hip, walking back and forth across the field while Wyatt wore bright yellow headphones. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 At a governmental level, Berlin has partially walked back on its plans to cut diesel subsidies last month. Sophie Tanno, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

2000, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of walk back was in 2000

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“Walk back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walk%20back. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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