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  1. 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

1860–65, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase back down
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  • The "minute-men" declared Mr. Toombs' letter was a backdown.

    Robert Toombs

    Pleasant A. Stovall

  • It looks first-rate to a fellow that hasn't got any backdown in him.

  • Hard words and a wrangle followed, but Smith did not change expression, and there was a backdown.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman

  • Mr. Greeley's "On to Richmond" backdown was not more sad to me, not half so sad.