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View synonyms for climb-down

climb-down

[ klahym-doun ]

noun

  1. a retreat, as from an indefensible opinion or position.


climb down

verb

  1. to descend
  2. often foll by from to retreat (from an opinion, position, etc)


noun

  1. a retreat from an opinion, etc
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Word History and Origins

Origin of climb-down1

First recorded in 1885–90; noun use of verb phrase climb down
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Example Sentences

But the apparent climb-down may be more of a pause than a retreat in the progressive destabilization of the Kiev government.

The door opens and a group of Australians begins to climb down.

Mappo started to climb down the tree, holding on to the branches by his four paws and by his tail.

Then Jacko let go, and started to climb down the tree to the little platform in front of the monkey house.

When you have a job like that afore you it's a good deal easier to climb up than it is to climb down.

They fully expected that the culprit would "climb down" and apologize for his delinquency; but they were mistaken.

When they were standing in the oval entrance, about to climb down, Iimmi pointed to the ruins of the building ahead of them.

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