One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘although agreeing at first to the peace plan, they soon began to back-pedal’
change one's mind, change one's opinion, go into reverse, do an about-face, do a U-turn, row back, shift one's ground, sing a different song, have second thoughts, reconsider, climb down
British do an about-turn
2‘the president back-pedalled on his promises to tax foreign companies heavily’
renege on, back down on, go back on, back out of, fail to honour, withdraw, backtrack on, row back on, take back, abandon, default on
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