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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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He ran at Forest's defence who backed away allowing him to send a delicious lob over Forest keeper Darren Ward.
When the vehicle backed away, the team saw that the ropes were really squid arms, perhaps 4 m long.
State Farm Group said it hasn't backed away from doing business in Mississippi, but it is keeping an eye on the litigation.
The company backed away from the deal and decided to expand in Montreal, but neither they nor ABPC lost sight of the opportunity.
The house backed away from the stringent resolution, however, when several complicating objections arose during the debate.
Peers backed away from a confrontation with MPs by dropping an amendment to exempt employers with fewer than 10 staff from paying them tax credits.
* India's ruling Hindu nationalist party has backed away from a proposal to require the study of sacred religious texts in public schools after a storm of protest.
But the pair backed away from day-to-day operations in the wake of the restructuring with their stake pared to around 22 percent of common stock.
Joe Baggett, the owner, backed away from the register and told the robber, according to the Lone Star Times, "The money's over there; go get it."
Their view was reinforced last week when Cuba's foreign minister backed away from his prediction that Castro would return to power next month.
Seconds later, an accomplice climbed through the service hatch with a long-handled knife and, as the cashier backed away, demanded keys to the safe.
The pair demanded a key to the safe, but the cashier told them he did not have it and backed away into an office.
For the first time in its history, the city's Rent Guidelines Board has backed away from setting a preliminary figure on rent hikes for over one million rent stabilized apartments.
THE Italian government backed away from another confrontation with Berlin yesterday for fear that German tourists would boycott Italy's resorts for their holidays.
Instead of taking offence, however, the priest immediately understood it was he who had erred and demurely backed away, explaining, "My apologies, sir--I didn't realize you were Catholic."