back down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyback down
he/she/itbacks down
present participlebacking down
past tensebacked down
past participlebacked down
  1. to stop asking for something, or to stop saying that you will do something, because a lot of people oppose you

    Neither side is willing to back down.

    back down on:

    We will not back down on the decision to strike.

See also main entry: back