Definitions for back-pedal
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
back′-ped`al(v.i.)-ped•aled, -ped•al•ing; -ped•alled, -ped•al•ling.
to retard the forward motion of a bicycle by pressing backward on the pedal.
to retreat from or reverse one's previous stand on a matter.
to make quick steps backward, as in retreating against a boxing opponent.
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