Backpedal

Verb

  • (intransitive) To step backwards.

    "The player had to backpedal before catching the ball."

  • (intransitive) To pedal backwards on a bicycle.
  • (intransitive, idiomatic) To distance oneself from an earlier claim or statement; back off from an idea.

    "Though initially adopting a hard-line stance, the politician soon started to backpedal."

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