Walk backward, as in He cautiously backed away from the fire.
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How to use back away in a sentence
The Prime Minister was always confident that Scotland would back away if presented with the opportunity to go it alone.Anarchy for the U.K.? British Leaders Panicking Over Scottish Vote for Independence | Nico Hines | September 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But if Moscow eases up pressure on Assad, he could easily back away from his commitments to hand over his chemical stockpiles.
And typically, the pugnacious New Jerseyan refuses to back away.A Thinner Chris Christie Still Faces Big Political Challenges | Robert Shrum | May 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Slowly and cautiously, so as to avoid some sort of rock slide--but back away, none the less.
It will be interesting to see whether women start moving back away from Romney after hearing what he and Ryan have in store.At Vice-Presidential Debate, Paul Ryan Is Frank About Roe v. Wade Plans | Michelle Goldberg | October 12, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
We went winding in and out amongst the trees, and sometimes the vines hung so thick we had to back away and go some other way.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Several tried to back away, and Hans pitched over Tom and both went in a heap.The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
He hugged the wall and moved back away from the spot where the watcher would be expecting him.Unwise Child | Gordon Randall Garrett
Well, Uncle Wiggily started to jump back away from the door of the little house, but it was too late.Uncle Wiggily's Adventures | Howard R. Garis
The hours flew until the tug signaled that she must cast loose and back away from the reef.The Pillar of Light | Louis Tracy