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back away

1. To move slowly and carefully away from something or someone. Kids, back away from the expensive vase! If you encounter a grizzly bear, back away slowly while talking in a normal tone.
2. To retreat on a particular idea or course of action. I think that Marie is backing away from the contract now. Management seems to be backing away from that initiative.
See also: away, back

back away

 (from someone or something) and back off (from someone or something)
1. Lit. to move backwards from a person or thing; to withdraw physically from someone or something. You should back away from the fire. Please back off from the man who is threatening you.
2. Fig. to begin to appear uninterested in someone or something; to withdraw one's interest from someone or something. The board of directors began to back away from the idea of taking over the rival company. Tom backed off from the whole idea of investing in stocks.
See also: away, back

back away

1. Walk backward, as in He cautiously backed away from the fire.
2. Gradually retreat, withdraw, as in Since he couldn't convince his colleagues, he's backing away from his original idea. Both usages employ the verb back in the sense of "retreat," dating from the late 1400s. Also see back down; back out.
See also: away, back

back away

v.
1. To move backward away from something or someone; retreat: The dog backed away from the hissing cat. I told the kids to keep their distance from the burning fire, but they wouldn't back away.
2. To move something backward away from something or someone; retreat: I backed the car away from the oncoming traffic.
3. To withdraw one's interest or support from something or someone: The candidate backed away from his previous controversial views.
See also: away, back
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Liam didn't want to get bitten so he just backed away - very slowly.
The second quarter was a particularly difficult time for the high-yield sector as mutual fund redemptions continued unabated in the face of reduced market liquidity as dealers backed away from market-making activities.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the bureaucracy-buster himself, has backed away from the part-time idea in recent days.
Compaq is embarking on a strategy that is not cost effective and one from which other vendors ultimately have backed away, Dukes said.
The Los Angeles City Council backed away Wednesday from intervening in Department of Water and Power negotiations, after being assured no disrespect was intended to labor leader Cesar Chavez.
The good news was that the fire had backed away from the towns of Fillmore and Piru, where about 300 homes had been threatened in recent days.
Board member Jon Lauritzen has backed away from calling on a moratorium on charters.
THOUSAND OAKS - Ventura County Sheriff Bob Brooks has backed away from his plan to close the East Ventura County Jail on Aug.
Initially they believed that Ponce was the victim of a gang slaying, but have backed away from that theory.
After his mother backed away, Martinez climbed out of the van with his hands raised while his sons jumped out and ran toward their grandmother's house.
Gregson said the company has made available its tax forms and audits, but that the board has backed away from more specific numbers because it's seeking the public's help with finances, not management.
He backed away from those plans Thursday but continued with plans to close the Century facility for a savings of $33 million, officials said.
IRV Rubin has never backed away from violence and confrontation.
Bush, who has himself made bold suggestions about immigration reform, backed away from Fox's fast-paced time line.