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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyback off
he/she/itbacks off
present participlebacking off
past tensebacked off
past participlebacked off
  1. 1
    to move backward in order to get farther 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, OK? I’ll tell you when I’m ready!

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