backpedal

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backpedal

To quickly and often abruptly reverse or retreat from one's position or opinion on a given subject. Refers to pedaling backwards on a bicycle (done to apply the brakes on fixed-gear bikes), or to taking quick, backward steps, as in football or boxing. The actor had to backpedal when he let slip a racist remark during the press conference.
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It features a quick-stop back pedal brake and anti-vibration rubber hand grips giving kids the enhanced control they need to have a safe and comfortable, yet wild ride.
When officers emerged to confront him he began to back pedal and was then shot.
Neath enjoyed the wind advantage on the change round and it was Prestatyn's turn to back pedal.
But after a decade of success in rolling back global levels of consumption, the California strawberry industry that uses 40 percent of the nation's methyl bromide (it is also used on Florida tomatoes) convinced the Bush administration to back pedal.
Labour and the Lib-Dems once again have tried to con the ordinary voter and the Tories who passed the majority of EU integration legislation, are doing a fast back pedal, to try to gain some anti-EU street-cred by joining the ``no'' camp.
Another method for obtaining the right saddle height is as follows: With someone else supporting the bike, place your heels on the pedals at the axle and back pedal.
By now, even the most manically-devoted follower of Total Quality Management (TQM) and its spawn have begun to back pedal, but what's filled the void?
Legal actions were threatened if the Department didn't back pedal fast from its precipitous award of the seized carrier's business to a select partnership of carriers.
A good corner must be able to stay low in a back pedal and when forced to turn his hips, he must be able to stop, plant and come out of the break to close on the receiver to make a play.
With the threat of a quick return to the lower grade staring them in the face, Limerick put the pieces together and their one touch football had their opponents on the back pedal.
For example, in the future version of "John Madden Football," a football player can now run slowly, or extremely fast, back pedal to "fake out" opposing team members and even run circles around the competition.
There's a misconception that the person at the back, who is called a stoker, can put their feet up and not do very much, but the front and the back pedals are connected by one chain, so you both make the same effort," said Cathy, 53, director of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Wales, who lives in Old St Mellons, Cardiff.