Definition of backslider in US English:



  • See backslide

    • ‘Today the forces offer planned careers for young men and women who are intent on gaining a professional training and there is no room for backsliders, unwilling recruits or recalcitrant conscripts.’
    • ‘In my last piece titled ‘To hell with backsliders,’ I said that, ‘All over the world regional trading blocks are either being formed or enhanced by political will.’’
    • ‘To many folk it sounds as if I'm being lazy, or being a backslider, or shunning the group.’
    • ‘But as the slowdown bit, unemployment rose and tax revenues fell, finance ministers became increasingly restive under a regime which asked for balanced budgets and promised fines for backsliders.’
    • ‘Yes, many people were still angry but it was also noticeable that the apologists and backsliders were beginning to gather force.’
    recidivist, regressor
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