Definition of climb down in English:

climb down

phrasal verb

  • Withdraw from a position taken up in argument or negotiation.

    ‘he was forced to climb down over the central package in the bill’
    • ‘But he'll be doing the world of journalism and free expression a great service if he climbs down from his threat to sue and takes aim with the best arrow in his quiver: Words.’
    • ‘Diageo stuck to its guns for a while but climbed down after being overwhelmed by the strength of opposition.’
    • ‘You'll feel better going through with this than backing out and climbing down.’
    • ‘They went high profile on pay and they have now had to climb down because they are not able to appoint anybody.’
    • ‘The protest ended peacefully after about an hour when the activists climbed down.’
    • ‘It ensures that he will climb down only in his own good time, probably a long time.’
    • ‘But the North has in the past raised tensions to attract attention or before climbing down to a compromise or concession.’
    • ‘Mr Howells must climb down much further if his culture ministry is not to do lasting damage to English culture.’
    • ‘Some in the City believe HSH, not Barclays, will eventually have to climb down.’
    • ‘Newsweek climbs down from the story today, sort of.’
    back down, admit defeat, concede defeat, surrender, capitulate, yield, give in, give up, give way, cave in, submit
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