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backslider

One who reverts or relapses into bad habits, unethical or immoral behavior, or criminal activity. We've tried to help her quit smoking, but she's a bit of a backslider. Jimmy's too much of a backslider to stay true to the practices of the church.
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from extending a compliance schedule that backslides on a prior effluent
Past downturns saw the housing and automobile sectors backslide.
But this inching forward could easily turn into a backslide.
This backslide has taken the shares into potential support from their 10-week moving average.
Deputies said they picked the homes of 30 parolees and probationers judged most likely to backslide.
Since lowering its sales outlook on November 15, TGT has been in a bit of a backslide, breaching both of the formerly supportive aforementioned levels.
The Environmental Defense Center argued, though, that delaying the adoption of these rules represents a backslide for the district's air pollution control efforts.
In the post-Enron world with a global focus on corporate governance, this is a defining test of whether we will backslide from the reforms and initiatives designed to correct the abuses of the past," said Ralph V.
Turning to Bohlinger, he warned, ``You're not going to backslide because we're going to nail you and hold the money up.
Should the equity continue in its backslide, any downgrades from this cheery bunch could cause trouble for FON going forward.
Crude prices are once again causing trouble on the Street, as an oil slick has prompted a backslide in the equity market today.
1 percent in the month, marking the first backslide in five months.
Should NYB continue its backslide and breach this last bastion of support, it could spark an unwinding of the built-up bullish sentiment and send the shares spiraling lower.
The market is split today, with the Dow holding ground in positive territory and the Nasdaq Composite fighting a backslide.
A tongue-in-cheek guest appearance on Will & Grace in 2000 had him playing an "ex-gay" who eventually backslides.