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  • v  retrace one's course

  • 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.
  • That was followed by a press conference in which he appeared to backtrack on his commitment to a speedy withdrawal from Iraq and by a speech to an Ohio ministry in which he pledged .
  • As one describes it: "Agree to a deal, then fiddle around, backtrack and then try to get even a better deal later: more energy assistance, more economic assistance.
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  • 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
    June 20, 2013 - The Press-Enterprise
  • 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
    June 20, 2013 - The Press-Enterprise
  • 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.        
    June 20, 2013 - Boston Globe

  • Condoleezza Rice in International Herald Tribune
    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...
  • Joe Sestak in The Hill (blog)
    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.
  • Shoichi Nakagawa in AFP
    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."

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