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back off

1. noun Go away! Stop bothering me! Back off! I told you I'm not going to the dance, and that's it! You need to back off, buddy. I've told you I'm not interested.
2. verb To retreat on a particular idea or course of action. Your aggressive approach is starting to annoy people—you need to back off a bit. Management seems to be backing off that initiative, at least for now.
3. verb To cause someone to retreat on a particular idea or course of action. In this usage, a noun is used between "back" and "off." Can you please back your minions off? They're harassing me.
4. verb To move backward away from something. Back off that other runner so you don't collide with her.
5. verb To move backward past the edge of something. If he's not careful, he's going to back off that narrow step.
See also: back, off

back someone or something off (from something)

to guide or move someone or something a short distance from something. I backed the car off from the curb a tiny bit. Using signals, I backed the car off from the crushed bicycle.
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back off

(from someone or something) Go to back away (from someone or something).
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back off

1. See back down, def. 2.
2. Relent, abandon one's stand. For example, The chairman wanted to sell one division but later backed off. [Mid-1900s]
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back off

v.
1. To move backward so that one is farther away from someone or something: Back off the car ahead of you: you're driving too close to it. The dog growled at me when I approached, so I backed off.
2. To move something backward beyond the edge of something: He accidentally backed the truck off the ledge and broke an axle.
3. To decrease the intensity or amount of something: I think I should back off the desserts for a little while so I can lose some weight.
4. To decide not to continue doing something or supporting an idea: You've made up your mind, so don't back off your idea now! Just before they were about to sign the papers to buy the new house, they got nervous and backed off.
5. To stop intimidating, threatening, or pressuring someone: Even as I left the store, the salesman wouldn't back off me. Whenever anyone bothers me, I just tell them to back off.
6. To cause someone or something to stop intimidating, threatening or pressuring: The angry dogs were barking at the poor kid, so I waved a stick and backed them off.
See also: back, off
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Canada almost added a second in the 85th minute, then Jones saw his effort beat Sutton in stoppage time only for his shot to come back off the post.
Carter found that he had to back off the policy in country after country, and the concrete results of his efforts were slim indeed.
If I were you, I'd back off and give her time to decide if she does want to be with you or not.
It really should have been 2-0 at the break but Michael Smith's low shot came back off the base of the post.
Dunbar were level in 65 minutes after Cheetham's chip came back off the bar andRyan Gibb netted the rebound.
The linesman asked him 'who did the ball come back off and Graham Poll said it came back off a blue (shirt).
Shunsuke Nakamura was looking Celtic's most potent player and he was unlucky when his curling free-kick bounced back off the crossbar.
As Camilla pushes respect over love, Arch showers her with kindness even telling his solicitor to back off on how she spends his money and occasionally steals a kiss that always jolts her.
But when a conservative grass-roots citizens' effort qualified a ballot initiative to ban the idea he was forced to back off.
Plymouth continued to press and it took a sensational Howie save to keep out Wotton's volley after his free-kick came back off the wall.
As a general rule, if something hurts for more than three days, it is time to back off.
David Monson, the House sponsor of the bill, says, "This legislation was basically designed to encourage the feds to back off and let us produce hemp like our friends in Canada.
If she finds out he is attached, that might make her back off.
The only goal on 33 minutes was scrappy with defender Robbie Hamm's misplaced header coming back off a post for Rutherford to shoot home.
County took the lead in the 20th minute as Pipe turned in the rebound after Eugene Dadi's header came back off the post.