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renege on (something)

To withdraw from or fail to do or carry out something, such as a given commitment, promise, plan, or situation. People are beginning to worry that the president is going to renege on his campaign promises. The merger was all set to move forward, but the other company reneged on the agreement at the last possible moment.
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renege on something

to go back on one's promise or commitment. I am mad at you because you reneged on your promise! I did not renege on what I promised.
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renege on

To fail to carry out some promise or commitment; go back on a promise or commitment: If I had known that you would renege on your contract, I never would have hired you.
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As has been examined in many varied circumstances, the commitment outcome presents a temptation for policymakers to renege on their announcements.
If Congress does not renege, the analysis assumes that the Roth withdrawal will be tax-free.
Macari's counsel Colin Boyd said: "You attempted to renege on Andy Walker's contract.
Across the board, I am seeing more and more examples of people who promise and say anything to get what they want, and then renege on those promises once they have it.
Notwithstanding the valid and binding Agreement entered into between Sulliden and Algamarca in November 2002, a new group of shareholders controlled by Atimmsa subsequently acquired control of Algamarca on or around January 22, 2003 and have since attempted to renege on the valid and binding Agreement which was in force two months before they took control of Algamarca.
I am deeply concerned that a public agency such as SamTrans would renege on its financial obligations to BART.
There's no excuse for a school to renege on a commitment made during the recruiting process," stated CAC chairman Ramogi Huma.
Syria forced Gemayel to renege on the agreement a year later and will not allow Lebanon to enter into new negotiations with Israel until the question of the Golan Heights - Syrian land occupied by Israel - is settled.
George promises to take her to the follies, but must renege on his promise in order to ``finish the hat'' in his latest canvas.
Shortly thereafter, the suit charges, dotTV attempted to renege upon its agreement, notifying the plaintiff that he should "disregard" the acceptance notification, blaming "an email error that occurred.
In the past, this process took three to five days, during which buyers would often renege on the sale.
We suspected that they would renege on their promise to agree to transfer the Valley assets to the Valley - and their reasoning is bogus,'' said Richard Close, chairman of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment.
He added: "We had a firm commitment from Nicholas Blake for an ombudsman, now he reneges on that.
At Christmas time, after he has promised his mother he would return home for a visit, Cal reneges on his promise.
And Beijing repeatedly reneges on promises to end such transfers, as acknowledged recently by the U.