Definition of back out in English:

back out

phrasal verb

  • Withdraw from a commitment:

    ‘if he backs out of the deal they'll sue him’
    • ‘A few years ago he was asked to be on a TV show, but backed out at the last minute because he felt weird.’
    • ‘The company had been a tentative sponsor of the first marathon before backing out.’
    • ‘He never backed out of anything or shied away from any opponent, and he was prepared to put his career on the line every time he fought.’
    • ‘She backed out of that role in order to instead play Anne Frank on Broadway.’
    • ‘I wasn't going to let her get away with backing out of the trip.’
    • ‘Plans are all very loose at the moment and I think my co-organisers might be backing out, but I don't mind.’
    • ‘He then backed out of plans to return to star in an Edmonton production of Romeo and Juliet.’
    • ‘When one of these countries wants to talk peace, the other backs out.’
    • ‘But I wanted to take this up as a challenge; it was such an exciting offer that I just couldn't think of backing out.’
    • ‘No doubt my constant backing out of doing stuff has earned me a reputation among my friends for being an unreliable flake.’
    • ‘Originally a trio called Cub, the brave lads backed out on the verge of being signed.’
    • ‘No one wants to absorb the cost if someone in a group backs out.’
    • ‘I've made a public announcement about it now and there's no backing out.’
    • ‘The doctor backed out of his contractual responsibility to provide out of hours care for his patients.’
    • ‘Subsequently, as many as three contractors who took up the project also backed out after doing only a part of the work.’
    • ‘Well, many legal experts speculated that when the civil suit was filed, that that might be a sign that she was backing out.’
    • ‘You can accuse him of many things - we'll get to that later - but you can't accuse him of backing out of a challenge.’
    • ‘But I'm still in bed, feeling only a few degrees above death, and feeling bad about backing out.’
    • ‘The excitement would die down soon enough, and the school would retreat back out of the public eye.’
    • ‘So I went to the Marine recruiting station with two of my cousins who both backed out.’
    renege on, go back on, withdraw from, pull out of, retreat from, fail to honour, abandon, default on, repudiate
    get cold feet about, chicken out of
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