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backdown

[ bak-doun ]
/ ˈbækˌdaʊn /
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noun
a withdrawal from a previously held position, especially in the face of superior power or upon further consideration.
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Origin of backdown

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; noun use of verb phrase back down
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British Dictionary definitions for backdown

back down

verb
(intr, adverb) to withdraw an earlier claim
(tr) rowing to cause (a boat) to move backwards by pushing rather than pulling on the oars
noun backdown
abandonment of an earlier claim
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with backdown

back down

1

Reverse one's upward course, descend. For example, When she saw the wasps' nest on the roof, she hastily backed down the ladder. This literal usage usually refers to something one has climbed, such as a ladder or mountain. [Mid-1800s]

2

Also, back off. Retreat or yield. For example, As the watchdog began to snarl the letter carrier backed off, or You have a good point; now don't back down when you present it to the board. [First half of 1900s] Also see back away, def. 2.

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