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verb [intransitive] backpedal pronunciation in British English /ˈbækˌped(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybackpedal
he/she/itbackpedals
present participlebackpedalling
past tensebackpedalled
past participlebackpedalled
  1. 1
    to show that you are no longer certain about a previous opinion, intention, or promise
    Ministers are backpedalling on the proposed legislation.

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