What does back off mean?

Definitions for back off

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. back up, back off, back down(verb)

    move backwards from a certain position

    "The bully had to back down"

  2. chicken out, back off, pull out, back down, bow out(verb)

    remove oneself from an obligation

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


  1. back off(Verb)

    To move backwards away from something.

  2. back off(Verb)

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

  3. back off(Verb)

    To lower the setting of.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ohio Gov. John Kasich:

    We can’t back off of this, he must go.

  2. Chris Cuomo:

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

  3. Yannis Dragasakis:

    Our objective is a viable solution inside the euro, we will not back off from the red lines we have set.

  4. Daniel Wann:

    You can't tell the NFL to quit selling beer, you can't tell the Lakers you should get your fans to care less, but you can tell youth sports parents to back off.

  5. Rachel Dolezal:

    Because you're you and I'm here, I'll tell you. If I'm at the grocery store or anywhere else I'd be like, 'none of your business; back off,' this is a weave, and I do it myself.

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