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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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?
Neath enjoyed the wind advantage on the change round and it was Prestatyn's turn to back pedal.
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.
Broner continues to back pedal in an attempt to bait Pacquiao in attacking and the Filipino responds with a left straight to the chin.
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.
Pacquiao, however, wasn't done in the seventh when he connected with a booming left straight that sent Broner rocking with the American having enough wits to back pedal and lean on the ropes to avoid going down.
Back pedal hooks only occurred when the driver lifted the foot from the accelerator to hit the brake, but contacted the side or bottom of the brake on the way to depressing the brake.
Meanwhile, Tina and Soph take things to the next level, but then immediately back pedal and decide it should be a one off.
When officers emerged to confront him he began to back pedal and was then shot.
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. It was a victory for the "bromide barons," which include Abermarle, Great Lakes Chemical Corporation, Dead Sea Bromide, Tri-Cal and Sun-Diamond.
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. If your pelvis does not rock side to side and your knees come close to fully extended, the saddle position is close to correct.
Pacquiao then picked his offense up in the ninth landing a left straight to the jaw of Broner who immediately back pedals to the corner where he, once again, clinched the champion to avoid punishment.
"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.
The one where single parent Katie, Nina Sosanya, back pedals on artificial insemination - in stirrups, mid-procedure.