row back

row back

To quickly or abruptly reverse or retreat from one's earlier position, decision, or opinion. Primarily heard in UK. The actor had to row back when he let slip a racist remark during the press conference. The government is rowing back on the decision to increase water charges after nationwide protests erupted on Friday.
See also: back, row
References in classic literature ?
As he turned to row back to shore he heard a woman's shriek from the ship's deck.
Skiff after skiff crossed the estuary and hauled up on the sandspit, while Hans' work was cut out for him--ever to row back and forth for more supplies of booze.
I was no more able to stay behind now than I was to persuade them not to go; so the captain ordered two men to row back the pinnace, and fetch twelve men more, leaving the long-boat at an anchor; and that, when they came back, six men should keep the two boats, and six more come after us; so that he left only sixteen men in the ship: for the whole ship's company consisted of sixty-five men, whereof two were lost in the late quarrel which brought this mischief on.
When he was at Sunderland, he said something after the game and he had to row back or something like that.
Bin Salem tried to row back from his comments, issuing a statement saying that Tunisia's relations with the kingdom were "completely harmonious".
It's a hard one for her to row back on, so she'll need a lot of advice and support.
Therefore UEFA should row back on ejecting any Euro football teams as the mindless minority will win and the genuine football majority will lose.
Springer said a two-week-old experiment to restrict access by Google to some of its publications had caused web traffic to plunge for these sites, leading it to row back and let Google once again showcase Springer news stories in its search results.
The Health Minister caused controversy last week when he appeared to row back on plans to award them based on conditions.
EDUCATION Secretary Nicky Morgan has vowed to "be nice to teachers", but warned she would not row back on predecessor Michael Gove's controversial reforms.
One diplomat said that Iran had appeared to row back on its previous openness to resolve concerns over the heavy-water Arak reactor that the West fears could provide plutonium for bombs once it is operational.
Lets hope that the CBRT still get the message and hike the lending rate in a meaningful fashion next week - and not use the relief offered by Bernanke to row back from tightening.
At the start of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual conference in Liverpool yesterday, general secretary Christine Blower retaliated by warning the Education Secretary that the union is not prepared to row back from its position.