back off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyback off
he/she/itbacks off
present participlebacking off
past tensebacked off
past participlebacked off
  1. 1
    to move backwards in order to get further away from something

    Everyone back off and let the doctor through.

  2. 2
    to stop criticizing someone or telling them what to do

    Back off, will you? I’ll tell you when I’m ready!

See also main entry: back