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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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Built around a "hidden" order book, Pipeline enables traders at institutions and brokerage firms to anonymously negotiate large blocks of NYSE-listed companies, Nasdaq stocks, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) in an environment free from the problems of backing away and front running.
The larger long distance carriers have made it clear that they are backing away from aggressively pricing long distance service with slow growth potential being provided as the reason.
The council referred the matter to its Public Safety Committee, backing away from a challenging struggle to muster a two-thirds majority while voters also could face a $3.
The NASD, according to Werblow, has made "substantial improvements" by building an independent internal audit staff reporting directly to the Audit Committee; improving surveillance and examination for compliance with the order handling rules; improving trade reporting through enhanced surveillance, examination, and enforcement procedures; upgrading the ability to enforce the firm-quote rule by developing a process to address backing away complaints during the trading day; and addressing improper actions by Market Makers.
DFG officials are backing away from a previous statement that as many as two hatcheries might have to be closed.
Gustin added that backing away from the mandates could also place a huge obstacle in the path of plans to manufacture electric vehicles and their components in South Boston.
Duncan kept attacking, and the Lakers kept backing away, and he finished the first half with 22 points.
alerting deputies to the club where they saw a vehicle backing away from the front door, according to a report issued by the local sheriff's station.
Gray Davis, who made educational reform a cornerstone of his administration, is dramatically backing away from many reform efforts and has all but abandoned accountability in schools.
When the ambulance began backing away to leave with the injured civilian, Vojtecky said he ran after it and stopped it.
After an outcry of opposition from residents, the City Council is backing away from a plan that would have allowed multifamily units to be built on hillsides in areas reserved for other kinds of homes.
The committee is backing away from including Global Green, a Santa Monica-based international environmental group that supervisors worried had its own political agenda.
Backing away from his criticism of Valley VOTE, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Feuer said Tuesday that he will urge the city Ethics Commission today to adopt regulations requiring disclosure of donors to initiative campaigns - a move that would not affect current or future cityhood drives.
There is evidence that children will learn what they need to learn at the appropriate age and that teaching reading too soon may lead to children backing away from reading rather than getting ahead.