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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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Confirming that he has been the target of racially motivated death threats, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday downplayed the danger and said he would not back away from his stands on controversial issues such as immigration.
Private economists reacted to Greenspan's self-serving analysis by saying, in effect: "Alan--put down the crack pipe and back away from the printing press.
The patent-pending rules of interaction on Pipeline bring traders together quickly at reasonable prices, where other systems force them to back away from one another.
Once engaged, Chick is not likely to back away - even with the district reluctant to pay the $750,000 to $800,000 price tag she estimates an audit would cost.
So members take half steps, supporting confusingly worded 'authorizations' that they can back away from easily if necessary.
Miller's decision was driven by a desire to back away from the lifestyle demands of leading a large multinational corporation, especially the extensive international travel required to support a global operation.
1 -- 3 -- color) Horses, top, back away from the heat of a fast-moving brush fire Monday in Canyon Country.
Palmer dismissed speculation that Arduin's departure reflected unhappiness with Schwarzenegger's decision to back away from some tough spending cuts and instead to borrow funds for social programs.
I urge you to back away from this proposal because it will be bad for our children.
The best thing to do is back away slowly and let them go on their way,'' Boswell said.