One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Sandy climbed down the ladder’
descend, go down, come down, move down, shin down
2‘the Government had to climb down over its claim that it was offering the miners a pay increase’
back down, admit defeat, concede defeat, surrender, capitulate, yield, give in, give up, give way, cave in, submit
retreat, backtrack, back-pedal
admit that one is wrong, retract one's words, eat one's words, eat humble pie
do a U-turn, do an about-face, row back, shift one's ground, sing a different song, have second thoughts
British do an about-turn
North American informal eat crow
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