backpedal backpedal  /ˈbæk ˌpɛ dəl/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) pedal backwards on a bicycle
  2. (v) step backwards, in boxing
  3. (v) modify one's opinion, make it less strong

Usage(s):

  1. Curry and other company spokesmen began to backpedal and offered a new explanation.
  2. And he tried to backpedal.
  3. That comment and other indications from the Administration have led many Israelis and Palestinians to believe that Obama has been forced to backpedal somewhat.

News

  1. Sagittarius Daily Horoscope for June 15, 2013

    You have to be careful with your words today -- it's way too easy to offend the wrong person! If you end up saying something snarky to your boss, you may have to backpedal really quickly! More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes , Daily Couple's LoveScopes , Daily CareerScopes , Weekly RomanticScopes , Monthly FitnessScopes , more ... Today's Free Sample Reading: Are you with your ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Astrology.com

  2. Mario Williams: 'Kill 'em' comment a figure of speech

    It didn't take long for Mario Williams and Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone to backpedal from statements made Thursday about the team's supposed "Kill em or hurt em" mantra.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: NFL.com

Quotes

  1. "We'll just see if the knees react right -- if they can get back strong," Minter said. "Can I backpedal? Can I break? That type of stuff. Can I do it everyday? That's what I'm looking at."
    on Aug 3, 2007 By: Mike Minter Source: SportingNews.com

  2. "I just turned, put my head down and ran to where I thought it was going to be," Winn said. "I had to do the worst possible thing as an outfielder-backpedal. I don't care (how I caught it), it went in the glove and stayed in the glove. That's...
    on Jun 28, 2008 By: Randy Winn Source: San Jose Mercury News

  3. "We have been trying to teach Travis Simmons and Travis Williams (ECU defensive backs) how to backpedal on stilts in order to be able to play the jump ball with some of them," Holtz said.
    on Oct 31, 2007 By: Skip Holtz Source: Bonesville

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