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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 ?
Harvey devoted himself to his lines and the gaff or gob-stick as Tom Platt called for them; and they rowed back to the schooner guided by the bell and Tom's instinct; Manuel's conch sounding thin and faint beside them.
Harvey rowed back to arrange with the cook and Disko, who owned the stores, and on his return the cocoa-tins and cracker-bags were counted out by the Frenchman's wheel.
The sailors took it into the boat, and then rowed back as speedily as they could, being in haste to inform Captain Phips of their good luck.
For a while they would have doubted your story, thinking it but the nervous hallucination of a woman--had you insisted it would have been too late to have rescued him by the time the ship could have been brought to a stop, and the boats lowered and rowed back miles in search of the unknown spot where the tragedy had occurred.
The New York Fed later rowed back on his comments, saying they reflected his academic research and did not indicate policy.
COMMUNITY centres in Rochdale have got a semireprieve after town hall chiefs rowed back on controversial plans to remove their funding.
Earlier this year the Road to Zero strategy rowed back on previous commitments to clean up road transport by weakening the 2040 target.
The Vatican rowed back following an outcry, but in such a mealy-mouthed way it's unclear what the Holy Father did mean.
The First Minister originally demanded a second referendum in March last year but rowed back on the call after losing 21 SNP MPs in the general election in June.
The findings, gleaned from an FOI request, have led to accusations by the Welsh Conservative leader that the First Minister - who has overall responsibility for openness in government, including freedom of information - has rowed back on Welsh Labour's commitment to introduce a code "stronger and more robust" than the FOI Act.
The insurer has now rowed back on the plans, which would have used algorithms to analyse Facebook profiles to determine whether prospective customers would be careful drivers.
Instead it has rowed back on its pledge to protect the next generation by announcing a weak and brief plan to address obesity, rather than the robust strategy it promised.
England rowed back from allowing early entries some time ago and summer exam results do not take account of papers sat by Welsh youngsters in November and January.
Muscat: New regulations forcing expatriates to settle unpaid traffic fines before travelling out of the country for business or vacation have been rowed back after a U-turn by the Royal Oman Police following complaints.
George Osborne rowed back on controversial plans to scrap child benefit for all households where one parent earns enough to pay the 40% higher rate of income tax, following complaints that it would hit families in the "squeezed middle".