One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fail to keep (a promise)‘he wouldn't go back on his word’
renege on, break, fail to honour, default on, backtrack on, back out of, repudiate, retractView synonyms
- ‘But critics claim the decision is premature and that the PCT has gone back on a promise made last spring to find an alternative site.’
- ‘He has promised me he will do it and he has never gone back on a promise.’
- ‘In his five years as Treasurer he broke solemn promises, went back on guarantees and cooked the books whenever necessary.’
- ‘Once in office, they famously went back on that promise and said they would not extend the cut-off date beyond 1995.’
- ‘Every time they've made a promise, they have gone back on their word.’
- ‘But by then I had already made a promise to Dundee, and I wasn't going to go back on my word.’
- ‘His motive was that his employer, having promised him the tenancy of the Dolaucothi Arms, had gone back on his word.’
- ‘‘The main reason for my decision is that the Lib-Dem Party has gone back on a key election promise to cut council taxes,’ he said.’
- ‘The proposal comes several years after the former Tory council went back on promises to create a new youth centre in the area.’
- ‘Auditors are to investigate a claim that councillors have gone back on a promise to spend £1million in the Bank Top area of Blackburn.’
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