One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Withdraw from a position taken up in argument or negotiation.‘he was forced to climb down over the central package in the bill’
back down, admit defeat, concede defeat, surrender, capitulate, yield, give in, give up, give way, cave in, submitView synonyms
- ‘Diageo stuck to its guns for a while but climbed down after being overwhelmed by the strength of opposition.’
- ‘It ensures that he will climb down only in his own good time, probably a long time.’
- ‘Some in the City believe HSH, not Barclays, will eventually have to climb down.’
- ‘The protest ended peacefully after about an hour when the activists climbed down.’
- ‘They went high profile on pay and they have now had to climb down because they are not able to appoint anybody.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You'll feel better going through with this than backing out and climbing down.’
- ‘Newsweek climbs down from the story today, sort of.’
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