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

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2000, in the meaning defined above

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