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To decide not to do or have something

call off

to decide that something will not happen

back out

to decide not to do something you agreed to do

pull back

to decide not to do something that will probably have bad effects

hold back

to decide not to do or say something, or to make someone decide not to do or say something

forget

verb

to stop planning to do something because you realize that it will not be possible

cry off

to decide not to do something that you had promised or agreed to do

forgo

verb

to decide not to do or not to have something

knock something on the head

to decide not to do something

think better of something

to decide not to do something because you no longer think it is a good idea

call off

to decide to stop something that is already happening

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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