back away - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyback away
he/she/itbacks away
present participlebacking away
past tensebacked away
past participlebacked away
  1. 1
    to move away backwards from someone, for example because you are afraid
    back away from:

    The photo showed a woman backing away from a man with a gun.

  2. 2
    to gradually become less involved in something
    back away from:

    The World Bank is backing away from big infrastructure projects.

See also main entry: back