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Princeton's WordNet

  1. back up, back off, back downverb

    move backwards from a certain position

    "The bully had to back down"

  2. chicken out, back off, pull out, back down, bow outverb

    remove oneself from an obligation

    "He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved"


  1. back offverb

    To move backwards away from something.

  2. back offverb

    To become less aggressive, particularly when one had appeared committed to act.

  3. back offverb

    To lower the setting of.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of back off in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of back off in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of back off in a Sentence

  1. Rachel Notley:

    They can't mess with Alberta, the investors who are behind this pipeline now will not back off.

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    If the Republican leader would only back off maximalist demands on corporate immunity, we could get something done.

  3. Mark McCloskey:

    It’s the value of the Second Amendment, it’s kind of humorous for me at any rate, the charge they finally settled on for me, because it’s exactly what I did do. That’s the whole point of the Second Amendment. We stood out there with guns, and that placed them in imminent fear of physical injury, and they back off.

  4. Anthony Fauci:

    Now is no time to back off, the virus will decide.

  5. Chris Cuomo:

    We went to the White House when it happened and Raj whatever-his-name-is didn’t back off the words.

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