backpedal definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • To move the pedals of a bicycle or similar car backwards, specially to apply a brake.
    • to go backwards by firmly taking short fast measures, as in boxing or soccer.
    • To escape or withdraw from a position or attitude: The senator later on backpedaled from the problem.
    • pedal backwards, as on a bicycle.
    • step backwards, in boxing.
    • modify one' opinion, generally by making it less powerful or adding qualifications.
  • verb:
    • To pedal backwards on a bicycle.
    • To move backwards.
    • To distance oneself from a youthful claim or declaration; cool off from a notion.
    • pedal backwards on a bicycle
    • modify your viewpoint, ensure it is less strong
    • step backwards, in boxing
  • others:
    • In bicycling, to hit straight down upon the pedal because it rises, so that you can check out the action of the wheel.

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