Definition of backslide in English:

backslide

verb

[no object]
  • Relapse into bad ways or error.

    ‘there are many things that can cause slimmers to backslide’
    • ‘We say stand firm with the purpose and the mission and to hell with all those who may wish, for whatever reason, to backslide.’
    • ‘In 1936 a system of ‘protection and supervision’ centres was established to keep converts from backsliding.’
    • ‘It's clear from briefings we have received that Lake Erie has been backsliding and is being polluted again…’
    • ‘Only hope I don't backslide when I go to Grenada next weekend for a month or so.’
    • ‘The shoes will still be there if the world disappointingly backslides behind old battlelines.’
    • ‘Pardon me; I've been backsliding ever since my therapist died.’
    • ‘Whenever I read this Psalm of David, which is quite often, it reminds me what it would be like to backslide, and I pray that that never happens.’
    • ‘But they'll suffer more permanent political damage if they look like they're backsliding on their antiwar views.’
    • ‘It is only natural for such a people to backslide back to nepotism and dictatorship when the reigns are handed over.’
    • ‘But then he backslides into the life, re-entering the Web porn business with a partner on a new site featuring himself and ‘other boys he helped recruit.’’
    • ‘In fact, one point of religion for many people is to provide pressure that keeps them from backsliding into sinful ways.’
    • ‘I'm starting to frighten myself, because I'm backsliding into my devil-may-care attitude.’
    • ‘This means that schools that have improved enough to sustain success levels beyond three years will no longer need the funding, and should they then backslide, they'll again be eligible for help.’
    • ‘You've got to monitor it and make sure nobody backslides.’
    • ‘And so we have shattered expectations, disgust at backsliding, abhorrence at the betrayal of the values we hold dear, and a hefty dose of fear - because if the US can backslide, how safe are the rest of us?’
    • ‘So we're not backsliding on any of that, in answer to your question.’
    • ‘He falls from grace, backsliding all the way to the starting line.’
    • ‘Some days I would backslide, and I'd still have anger, and I would just read the list.’
    • ‘I think that the fact they get a grand jury in there, they memorialize the people's testimony so that they can't backslide, they can't say, no, I didn't say that, they can't equivocate.’
    • ‘Unlike the rest of the world, it failed to connect to the reality that if the US was backsliding economically, then the rest of the global economy would suffer a similar fate.’
    relapse, lapse, regress, retrogress, revert to one's bad habits, weaken, lose one's resolve, give in to temptation, go astray, leave the straight and narrow, go down the primrose path
    degenerate, deteriorate, slip, slide, fall off, revert to a former state, regress, retrogress
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Pronunciation

backslide

/ˈbakslʌɪd/