Definition of climb down in English:
British Withdraw from a position taken up in argument or negotiation: he was forced to climb down over the central package in the bill
More example sentences
- Diageo stuck to its guns for a while but climbed down after being overwhelmed by the strength of opposition.
- The protest ended peacefully after about an hour when the activists climbed down.
- Some in the City believe HSH, not Barclays, will eventually have to climb down.
back down, admit defeat, concede defeat, surrender, capitulate, yield, give in/up, give way, cave in, submit;
do a U-turn, do an about-face, row back, shift one's ground, sing a different song, have second thoughts;
British do an about-turn
North American informal eat crow
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