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row back

To quickly or abruptly reverse or retreat from one's earlier position, decision, or opinion. Primarily heard in UK. The actor had to row back when he let slip a racist remark during the press conference. The government is rowing back on the decision to increase water charges after nationwide protests erupted on Friday.
See also: back, row
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Harvey devoted himself to his lines and the gaff or gob-stick as Tom Platt called for them; and they rowed back to the schooner guided by the bell and Tom's instinct; Manuel's conch sounding thin and faint beside them.
Harvey rowed back to arrange with the cook and Disko, who owned the stores, and on his return the cocoa-tins and cracker-bags were counted out by the Frenchman's wheel.
The sailors took it into the boat, and then rowed back as speedily as they could, being in haste to inform Captain Phips of their good luck.
For a while they would have doubted your story, thinking it but the nervous hallucination of a woman--had you insisted it would have been too late to have rescued him by the time the ship could have been brought to a stop, and the boats lowered and rowed back miles in search of the unknown spot where the tragedy had occurred.
As part of camp Varuna, the cadets rowed from INA to Madakara in the Kavvayi backwaters and thence they, continued sailing in the Arabian Sea off Madakara harbor and in the final leg they rowed back to Palakkod followed by a grueling multi terrain run back to the campsite.
England rowed back from allowing early entries some time ago and summer exam results do not take account of papers sat by Welsh youngsters in November and January.
Muscat: New regulations forcing expatriates to settle unpaid traffic fines before travelling out of the country for business or vacation have been rowed back after a U-turn by the Royal Oman Police following complaints.
TALLAGHT STADIUM will host the Setanta Cup final next month after organisers rowed back on The Showgrounds.
Chancellor George Osborne rowed back on controversial plans to scrap child benefit for all households where one parent earns enough to pay the 40% higher rate of income tax, following complaints - including from Conservative backbenchers - that it would hit families in the "squeezed middle".
However, the Government rowed back from some of its previous firm commitments, including on the beer tie practice, where 'tied' pubs have to buy their beer in from one particular source.
But Health Secretary Andrew Lansley swiftly rowed back, saying that no hospital would have to close but the money will have to be found elsewhere in the NHS.
Professor Iversen later rowed back from his comments, insisting that it was a decision for ministers to take.
The Conservatives rowed back from that idea after a concerted campaign by hundreds of angry pupils and parents.
THE GOVERNMENT has rowed back from extending protection to workers in anything other than the agriculture and food industries under the Gangmasters Licensing Act.
William rowed back with two of the men to take off four other survivors.