Definition of climbdown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklʌɪmdəʊn/

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A withdrawal from a position taken up in argument or negotiation: a humiliating climbdown by the government over economic policy
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  • After comprehensively rubbishing the claim, the climbdown was then all the more humiliating.
  • Fears of a national firefighters’ strike have been quashed after a climbdown by bosses in the year-long wages row.
  • I guess the climbdown was because a TPO would have netted them almost as much adverse national publicity as the Windermere 10 mph speed limit.

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