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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 (from something)

to stop supporting something Congress backed away from the plan to cut taxes.
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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Where other marketplaces generate fragmentation, opportunities to front-run, penny jump, or back away, Pipeline generates trades.
I urge you to back away from this proposal because it will be bad for our children.
The best thing to do is back away slowly and let them go on their way,'' Boswell said.
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I've had reports that some departmental staff and even (Department of Finance) staff have seemed to back away, or at best provide lukewarm support for the governor's proposals,'' Genest wrote.
Actually, Jackson advised his players to back away from O'Neal after watching them force too many passes, creating turnovers.
Some people think we're going to back away from hatchery plants,'' said report author James S.
Officers also will have to call for helicopter support immediately to conduct chases while ground units back away from most hot pursuits.
and then, mentally, stepping back away from the group, and coming back together and seeing players in another light, a new way.
But prosecutor Lela Henke-Dobroth said the District Attorney's Office would not back away from its decision to pursue capital charges.