Definition of back off in English:

back off

  • 1Draw back from action or confrontation: they backed off from fundamental reform of the system
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    • The leader of the union has consistently backed off from any confrontation with the government.
    • It is clear that some unions have backed off from any major confrontations.
    • The brothers never backed off from a challenge.
  • 1.1North American Back down.
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    • I just received word that the union is backing off.
    • She isn't really backing off; she says that her remarks were ‘off the cuff,’ but hasn't disavowed them.
    • So, are Republican congressional leaders backing off?
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