verb (used without object), back-ped·aled, back-ped·al·ing or (especially British) back-ped·alled, back-ped·al·ling.
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Origin of back-pedal
Example sentences from the Web for back-pedal
When I credit her for discovering Jennifer Lawrence in casting her as Ree Dolly, she smiles bashfully, before backpedaling a bit.Life After ‘Winter’s Bone’: Debra Granik on Finding J. Law and the Plight of the Female Director|Marlow Stern|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe the Obama administration, instead of merely backpedaling reactively, could support these voices pro-actively as well.
And, unlike Booker, Clinton is unlikely to be cowed into backpedaling by the White House.
By July, however, Italy was backpedaling as the rebels gained power.
Now, a year later, Cornyn is backpedaling as fast as he can.