Definition of Backpedal

1. Verb. Pedal backwards on a bicycle.

Generic synonyms: Bicycle, Bike, Cycle, Pedal, Wheel



2. Verb. Step backwards, in boxing.
Generic synonyms: Step

3. Verb. Modify one's opinion, make it less strong.
Generic synonyms: Rethink

Definition of Backpedal

1. Verb. To pedal backwards on a bicycle. ¹

2. Verb. To step backwards. ¹

3. Verb. (idiomatic) To distance oneself from an earlier claim or statement; back off from an idea. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Backpedal

1. [v -ALLED, -ALLING, -ALS, -ALED, -ALING]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Backpedal

backouts
backover
backovers
backpack
backpackable
backpacked
backpacker
backpackers
backpacking
backpacking tent
backpacks
backpay
backpays
backpedal (current term)
backpedaled
backpedaling
backpedalled
backpedalling
backpedals
backpiece
backpieces
backplane
backplanes
backplate
backplates
backport
backported
backporting

Literary usage of Backpedal

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1. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1905)
"He made a sudden attempt to backpedal and missed his hold with the right foot. The prompt, vicious whirr of the disengaged rat-trap filled his ears like the ..."

2. Flight Check!: The Story Of Faa Flight Inspection by Scott A. Thompson (1997)
"The military, while initially embracing the VOR ranges for navigation, began to backpedal from their commitment and pursued the development of a purely ..."

3. More Than Guided Reading: Finding the Right Instructional Mix, K-3 by Cathy Mere (2005)
"A silence hung in the air—one of those moments when you know the lesson has already gone too far and it is time to backpedal. Then Allison spoke up. ..."

4. Black Soldier, White Army: The 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea by William T. Bowers, William M. Hammond, George L. MacGarrigle (1997)
"Idwal H. Edwards, thus concurred with the report's recommendations but immediately began to backpedal by warning that the Army, in attempting to use black ..."

5. The Standard Cipher Code of the American Railway Association, for the Use of by American Railway Association (1906)
"Backmost.... Baggage checks are needed here for 33. . backpedal.... Baggage checks are not needed here for 34. ..."

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