back out


verb

(intr, adverb often foll by of) to withdraw (from an agreement, etc)

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Example sentences from the Web for back out

  • The Baronet had rather cooled on the subject of mounting Monsieur, and thought to pave the way for a back-out.

    Ask Momma|R. S. Surtees
  • Accordingly, the back-out advice was adopted, and we retreated over the North Bridge, about a mile from the common.

    The Yankee Tea-party |Henry C. Watson

Idioms and Phrases with back out

back out

1

Move or retreat backwards without turning; same as back away, def. 1.

2

Also, back out of something. Withdraw from a situation, or break an agreement or engagement. For example, After the announcement appeared in the papers, Mary found it doubly difficult to back out of her engagement to Todd. [Early 1800s] Also see go back on.

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