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Example sentences from the Web for backdown
Hard words and a wrangle followed, but Smith did not change expression, and there was a backdown.Whispering Smith|Frank H. Spearman
The "minute-men" declared Mr. Toombs' letter was a backdown.Robert Toombs|Pleasant A. Stovall
Mr. Greeley's "On to Richmond" backdown was not more sad to me, not half so sad.The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)|Ida Husted Harper
It looks first-rate to a fellow that hasn't got any backdown in him.Romance of California Life|John Habberton
British Dictionary definitions for backdown
Idioms and Phrases with backdown
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]
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.