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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
economy and Japan's possible backslide into recession will have on the entire region, among other things, the source said.
In fact, Chairman Kennard specifically addressed the authority of the FCC to suspend Bell Atlantic's ability to sign up new long distance customers if they 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.
Therefore, there is no guarantee that Bell Atlantic will not backslide on its obligations pursuant to section 271.
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 Tigers have held five of its opponents to one TD, but Friday's 9-7 loss to Monroe was a backslide.
Without this safeguard, an incumbent provider could all too easily backslide on previously-approved items, assuming that it had a 'green light' from the FCC.
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.
The Environmental Defense Center argued, though, that delaying the adoption of these rules represents a backslide for the district's air pollution control efforts.
Should the equity continue in its backslide, any downgrades from this cheery bunch could cause trouble for FON going forward.
Turning to Bohlinger, he warned, ``You're not going to backslide because we're going to nail you and hold the money up.
Crude prices are once again causing trouble on the Street, as an oil slick has prompted a backslide in the equity market today.