climb-down

[ klahym-doun ]
/ ˈklaɪmˌdaʊn /

noun

a retreat, as from an indefensible opinion or position.

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Origin of climb-down

First recorded in 1885–90; noun use of verb phrase climb down
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British Dictionary definitions for climb-down

climb down

verb (intr, adverb)

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

noun climb-down

a retreat from an opinion, etc
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