Backpedal meaning

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To press backward on the pedals of a bicycle, as to brake.
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To move backward quickly, as in boxing to avoid blows.
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To retract an earlier opinion.
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(intransitive) To pedal backwards on a bicycle.
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(intransitive) To step backwards.

The player had to backpedal before catching the ball.

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(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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To move the pedals of a bicycle or similar vehicle backward, especially to apply a brake.
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To move backward by taking short quick steps, as in boxing or football.
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To retreat or withdraw from a position or attitude.

The senator later backpedaled on the issue.

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Origin of backpedal