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backpedal  verb [ I ] -ll- or US USUALLY -l- BICYCLE

1. to move the pedals (= parts you operate with your feet) backwards on a bicycle
  • Some types of bike have brakes which you operate by backpedalling.

backpedal  verb [ I ] -ll- or US USUALLY -l- CHANGE OPINION

2. to change an opinion that you had expressed before, or do something different from what you had said you would do
  • As soon as I said I thought she was wrong, she started backpedalling.
  • He said he’d help, but now he’s starting to backpedal ( on his promise).
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