backtrack

[ bak-trak ]
/ ˈbækˌtræk /

verb (used without object)

to return over the same course or route.
to withdraw from an undertaking, position, etc.; reverse a policy.

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Origin of backtrack

An Americanism dating back to 1715–25; back2 + track
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British Dictionary definitions for backtrack

backtrack
/ (ˈbækˌtræk) /

verb (intr)

to return by the same route by which one has come
to retract or reverse one's opinion, action, policy, etc

Derived forms of backtrack

backtracking, noun
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