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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.
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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.
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After setting a fresh all-time high in February, the shares have backed off a bit, settling on the support of the 55 level.
Technically, the shares have backed off of a new all-time high of 40.
On AXP's weekly chart, after tagging a near-term high in February, AXP backed off and has found itself under its 10-week moving average.
Saying that 8,000 Teamsters' truckers and warehouse workers need to report to work in order to register for medical benefits and put in shift bids, the UFCW backed off its plan to tighten the chokehold on the region's food distribution.
Congress debated shutting down funding for the new regulations, then backed off.
Tom McClintock backed off a threat to boycott the only debate featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger after the organizers ``clarified'' the rules of the event.
NYSE:MRK) was pulling its arthritis drug Vioxx off the market after studies showed it raised the risk of heart attack - and that flu vaccines would be in massive short supply this coming flu season -- I backed off.
9) received a stream of upset listener calls last week, the Burbank outlet backed off from repeated plays of the current Chicks hit, ``Travelin' Soldier.
I thought I was done, but then I backed off, worked some things out and found some clear water.
According to the Sheriff's Department investigation, an 18-year-old motorist was seen starting to race Sheldon Bell and Robert Smith but backed off well before Smith, the driver, lost control on Bouquet Canyon Road.