Definition of Back down

1. Verb. Move backwards from a certain position. "The bully had to back down"

Exact synonyms: Back Off, Back Up
Generic synonyms: Draw Back, Move Back, Pull Away, Pull Back, Recede, Retire, Retreat, Withdraw
Derivative terms: Backdown

2. Verb. Remove oneself from an obligation. "He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved"
Exact synonyms: Back Off, Bow Out, Chicken Out, Pull Out
Generic synonyms: Retire, Withdraw
Related verbs: Get Out, Pull Out
Specialized synonyms: Resile

Definition of Back down

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To take a less aggressive position in a conflict than one previously has or has planned to. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Back Down

back brace
back breaker
back burner
back burners
back catalogue
back channel
back circle
back country
back cover
back crawl
back cross
back crosses
back doors
back double biceps
back down (current term)
back ends
back entrance
back exercise
back feet
back fire
back fires
back five
back focal length
back focal plane
back foot
back foot shot
back foot shots
back formation

Literary usage of Back down

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital by John Beauchamp Jones (1866)
"... but it was countermanded, and the troops now (9 AM) are marching back, down Main Street. I have not learned what occasioned all this. ..."

2. The Life and Travels of General Grant by Joel Tyler Headley (1879)

3. American State Trials: A Collection of the Important and Interesting by John Davison Lawson, Robert Lorenzo Howard (1918)
"He was a peg- legged fellow, real dark; next I saw this negro and Mr. Hollo- way coming back down the steps. Mr. Darley came down and left, Mr. Holloway ..."

4. Notes of a Voyage to California Via Cape Horn: Together with Scenes in El by Samuel Curtis Upham (1878)
"Leave Panama—To Cruces on mule back—Down the Chagres River in a bungo—Deaths by cholera en route—Mr. and Mrs. Gillingham—Go on board the steamship Falcon— ..."

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