- to return over the same course or route.
- to withdraw from an undertaking, position, etc.; reverse a policy.
Origin of backtrack
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Examples from the Web for backtrack
That will be immensely difficult if Mr. Modi continues to backtrack on economic reform.John Kerry Just Visited. But Should We Just Forget About India?
August 3, 2014
“The amount of time you spend at the gym is not enough time to backtrack in your waist training,” she says.Waist Training: Can You Cinch Your Waist Thin?
July 18, 2014
As a wave of revulsion spread across the internet, he began to backtrack.British Politician Threatens To Punch Muslim Woman in the Throat
June 20, 2014
Words just spill out of her mouth too quickly and she has to backtrack.Interview: Kristen Bell, Voiceover Queen, On ‘Frozen,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ & More
December 18, 2013
He tried to backtrack and get the last words that Crowley should have given him.Yes, The Debate Moderator Screwed Up. That's Life.
October 17, 2012
To-morrow I'll sell the grub and backtrack to the coast to guard it.The Trail of a Sourdough
May Kellogg Sullivan
Loring realized he had made a mistake and tried to backtrack.Danger in Deep Space
Following their backtrack through the forest, therefore, they proceeded towards the place where they had left their horses.Bruin
- to return by the same route by which one has come
- to retract or reverse one's opinion, action, policy, etc
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Word Origin and History for backtrack
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