Definition of back off in English:

back off

phrasal verb

  • 1Draw back from action or confrontation.

    ‘they backed off from fundamental reform of the system’
    • ‘It is clear that some unions have backed off from any major confrontations.’
    • ‘The newspapers have even backed off from reporting the stories, as they once were doing.’
    • ‘I'm curious now, with war so close, are his critics backing off a little bit?’
    • ‘Employers are backing off from commitments to health and retirement benefits.’
    • ‘The average male is intimidated by my intelligence and strength of personality, and backs off, but I'm not interested in the average male, after all.’
    • ‘Despite widespread international condemnation, the government shows no signs of backing off.’
    • ‘People don't do that and instead they start getting lawyers and backing off and saying I won't talk to the cops.’
    • ‘The leader of the union has consistently backed off from any confrontation with the government.’
    • ‘But, quite rightly, the union refused to back off until the company withdrew its plan in its entirety.’
    • ‘If he backs off now, the limited respect he has gained already could contract to a negative footnote.’
    • ‘There are people who think we maybe we are doing way too much and we should be backing off.’
    • ‘He never backs off and has good credentials.’
    • ‘If everyone just backs off a little, shows some patience, and endeavors to listen and learn from others, maybe some purpose greater than self-congratulation will ensue.’
    • ‘UP to 20,000 jobs are in danger of being lost in the construction sector in the months ahead if the Government backs off on the plan, an industry source warned last night.’
    • ‘‘We had to take a few more risks there today in the foggy conditions, and maybe the others were backing off. ‘he said.’’
    • ‘The brothers never backed off from a challenge.’
    • ‘She backs off until Sam does something that convinces her he still needs her.’
    • ‘Unwilling to jeopardize her marriage, Anna backed off from competing for a couple of years.’
    • ‘It looks like the leadership is slowly backing off from a confrontation.’
    • ‘He was strong and dependable and never backed off from a fight.’
    draw back, step back, move away, back off, retreat, withdraw, pull back, give ground
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    1. 1.1North American Withdraw a claim or assertion in the face of opposition.
      ‘she has backed off on her earlier threat to shut down operations’
      • ‘She isn't really backing off; she says that her remarks were ‘off the cuff,’ but hasn't disavowed them.’
      • ‘The White House spokesman rejected suggestions Wednesday that the president was backing off.’
      • ‘I just received word that the union is backing off.’
      • ‘So, are Republican congressional leaders backing off?’
      • ‘After that, they seemed to be backing off a little bit.’
      • ‘The key liberal interest groups aren't backing off.’
      retreat, withdraw, pull back, fall back, pull out, disengage, give way, give ground, flee, take flight, turn tail, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat
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