backtrack backtrack  /ˈbæk ˌtræk/


  • (v) retrace one's course



  1. At a packed news conference in the Pakistani capital, Sharif sounded crestfallen at Zardari's decision to backtrack on their agreement, which they had signed in early August.
  2. Either, way, pundits agree that it's as smart for Chavez to distance himself from the FARC as it is to backtrack on his new domestic intelligence law.
  3. An avowed environmentalist, he tried unsuccessfully to turn Ford into a green car leader and was forced to backtrack as the company's finances fizzled.


  1. PUBLIC RECORDS: Governor backs continued reimbursement

    Governor and legislative leaders backtrack on ending payment for local government’s public records costs and push 2014 ballot measure
    on June 21, 2013     Source: The Press-Enterprise

  2. PUBLIC RECORDS: Governor and legislative leaders retreat

    Governor and legislative leaders backtrack and agree to restore reimbursement for local government’s public records costs and push constitutional amendment
    on June 21, 2013     Source: The Press-Enterprise

  3. US presses Taliban on Qatar office in bid to save talks

    KABUL — In a diplomatic scramble to keep alive the possibility of peace talks with the Taliban, U.S. officials on Wednesday pressed the insurgents to backtrack on their effort to present themselves as essentially an alternative government at the office they opened Tuesday in Qatar, Afghan officials said.        
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Boston Globe


  1. "Sudan has a history of agreeing to things and then trying to condition or change them or to backtrack and say 'Well no, we didn't really agree to that,'" Rice said. "We have lost a lot of time while agreements have been made that have not...
    on Jun 25, 2007 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "I expect Sen. Specter may backtrack from his earlier vote on Ms. Kagan this week in order to help himself in the upcoming primary election, but the people of Pennsylvania have no way of knowing where he will stand after May 18," Sestak said.
    on May 10, 2010 By: Joe Sestak Source: The Hill (blog)

  3. "Some people label us as freespenders or old-guard cronies as we say we are not hesitant on fiscal spending," Nakagawa, a former industry minister, wrote in a newspaper column. "But we do not intend to backtrack on reforms."
    on Sep 24, 2008 By: Shoichi Nakagawa Source: AFP

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tacit tacit
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