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renege on (something)

To withdraw from or fail to do or carry out something, such as a given commitment, promise, plan, or situation. People are beginning to worry that the president is going to renege on his campaign promises. The merger was all set to move forward, but the other company reneged on the agreement at the last possible moment.
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renege on something

to go back on one's promise or commitment. I am mad at you because you reneged on your promise! I did not renege on what I promised.
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renege on

To fail to carry out some promise or commitment; go back on a promise or commitment: If I had known that you would renege on your contract, I never would have hired you.
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As has been examined in many varied circumstances, the commitment outcome presents a temptation for policymakers to renege on their announcements.
If Congress does not renege, the analysis assumes that the Roth withdrawal will be tax-free.
Macari's counsel Colin Boyd said: "You attempted to renege on Andy Walker's contract.
Syria forced Gemayel to renege on the agreement a year later and will not allow Lebanon to enter into new negotiations with Israel until the question of the Golan Heights - Syrian land occupied by Israel - is settled.
George promises to take her to the follies, but must renege on his promise in order to ``finish the hat'' in his latest canvas.
We suspected that they would renege on their promise to agree to transfer the Valley assets to the Valley - and their reasoning is bogus,'' said Richard Close, chairman of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment.
He added: "We had a firm commitment from Nicholas Blake for an ombudsman, now he reneges on that.
At Christmas time, after he has promised his mother he would return home for a visit, Cal reneges on his promise.
And Beijing repeatedly reneges on promises to end such transfers, as acknowledged recently by the U.