renege on (something)

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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.
See also: on, renege
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: on, renege
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: on, renege
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
"I thought," went on Chunk hopefully, "that if I had one of them powders to give Rosy when I see her at supper to-night it might brace her up and keep her from reneging on the proposition to skip.
The Respondent argued that it had been agreed that the initial sum paid was a deposit, and that by reneging on the deal this had been forfeited by the Claimant, pursuant to Article 148 of the UAE Civil Code:
The authors characterize this assumption as a "fatal flaw" because any retroactive effect would be "highly unusual" and because taxpayers would avoid it by liquidating their Roth accounts at the "merest hint" that Congress is considering reneging on them.
The objective of my article was to address the concern of possible congressional reneging on Roth accounts that some financial advisors have expressed.
Of course, "much greater" and "very high" are imprecise terms, but Exhibit 2 helps illustrate the circumstances where the possibility of Congress reneging on Roths is more important (i.e., when the break-even probability is low) and where it is less important (i.e., when the break-even probability is high).
The break-even probability shows the impact of possible reneging on the decision to contribute to a Roth or to a traditional retirement account.