walk back

verb

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


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