Definition of go back on in US English:

go back on

phrasal verb

  • Fail to keep (a promise)

    ‘he wouldn't go back on his word’
    • ‘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.’
    renege on, break, fail to honour, default on, backtrack on, back out of, repudiate, retract
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