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Withdraw or retract (a statement)
take back, withdraw, unsay, recant, disown, disavow, disclaim, abjure, repudiate, renounce, reverse, revoke, rescind, annul, cancel, go back on, backtrack on, do a u-turn on, row back onView synonyms
- ‘After all, I didn't have a time machine, and I couldn't unsay what I had said, though what I had said was one of those things that clearly required erasing.’
- ‘Amy wished that she could unsay what she had just said, but couldn't help feel what she had said was right.’
- ‘I kept thinking, oh my God, I am way out of my depth, but, I just couldn't unsay it.’
- ‘Does he not realise how words said are hard to be unsaid.’
- ‘A lot was said during that divisive leadership campaign which cannot be unsaid.’
- ‘The things he'd said couldn't be unsaid, not with a million apologies… She'd been basing the last few months of her life on a lie.’
- ‘The three words silently reverberated in the air, wanting to be taken back but Val knew it couldn't be unsaid.’
- ‘‘In a book, once you say things, you can't unsay them,’ Witeck warns.’
- ‘Ballmer now, however, seems to be going some way to unsaying this.’
- ‘The arguments they have put forward are known to the HLF and can't be unsaid.’
- ‘Because once everything's been said about a subject what is left for new writers but the pleasure of unsaying it all?’
- ‘Her eyes sidled up to Herr Bormann, who was perusing his fork, with such intent that she wished she could unsay her words.’
- ‘Second, we must revoke it - that is, unsay or cancel it.’
- ‘I realised that I could get away with unsaying those words.’
- ‘Gill may have recanted, but what's said cannot be unsaid, and Ferguson must now deal with the notion that his future is more publicly on the agenda.’
- ‘I hope that none of us, even after the end of the metaphysics of the subject, would want to entirely unsay that old Mozartian thought, or fail to appreciate the art that made it possible.’
- ‘I've always thought this and I've never unsaid a word of it.’
- ‘Despite much mature retrospection, I can't unsay those mean comments to Mom, undo what 18 years of smoking did to my lungs, nor unwrite the cringe-inducing history of my high school social life.’
- ‘Oprah proved herself a worthy word queen by recognizing that what has been said cannot be unsaid.’
- ‘However, no sooner had the parliament spoken than there were attempts to unsay its words.’
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