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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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tempos and you do It was Ringo, just him on guitar singing and playing Back Off Boogaloo.
When you know how to get into the conversation with confidence, explore with confidence, and back off with confidence, you'll ask for referrals more often and you'll never hurt a relationship.
A node that intends to transmit packets picks a random back off value in between [0, CW], where CW is the contention window size, and then performs transmission after waiting for the back off value delay.
When the bear began moving rapidly up the stairs again, Knowlton shot it four times, making it back off once more.
Craig Farrell was the man on hand to score after Phillips' right-foot shot had come back off the post.
Typically, once the CPA explains what this would entail, they quickly back off.
The fictional 10-year-old successfully convinces the developer to back off (with the help of some delicious lemon squares).
At this point, the worst thing you can do is either force your point home again or back off your point.
We're not totally out of the woods yet, but tenants have finally stopped shedding space--and in a few instances have even taken sublease space back off the market--representing a first step towards reviving demand and a sign of good things to come," reports Studley's New Jersey Branch Manager George J.
Consumer Alert in January joined with a number of other groups in the Alliance for Digital Progress in calling on Congress to back off from mandating "solutions" to the new choices and problems posed by digital entertainment technologies.
Each time, I back off my training, both mileage and intensity, or rest completely, use ice, and cross-train in the pool and it goes away.
Other presidents, from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton, also have been forced to back off their harsh campaign rhetoric once they faced the realities of dealing with the world's most populous nation.
But the point I'd like to make here is this: It's time for society to back off just a bit and instead search for ways to support this crucial industry.
If not, you should back off and save that issue for later.
Too late--a smaller boy is waiting behind me--I can't back off now.