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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
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Now after nearly two decades of Labour rule and seven years of Carwyn Jones it would appear that the Welsh Government is rowing back on these aims.
Former whip Tom Blenkinsop accused Mr Corbyn of rowing back on his promise to unite the party.
Mr Crompton was suspended over an "erosion of trust" after the force was criticised for rowing back on its 2012 public apology in the wake of the H'boro Independent Panel report.
He appears to he rowing back on several of his controversial views, like NATO, Europe and Trident, and he is correct to do so.
This time around Bernanke seems to be rowing back from his earlier comments about tapering, with the message from Bernanke, King/Carney and Draghi that DM policy will remain lose until DM economies are really firing on all cylinders.
Mr Hayden said the [euro]55,000 offer was not a rowing back but arose due to the proposed sale of the Leonardo Building in Kiev, owned by Quinn Properties Ukraine.
Ms Blower said: "We are not rowing back from our position.
The Land Registry however saved 500 staff from compulsory redundancy after rowing back on its previously announced programme of office closures.
But having roused the interest of the public in matters once thought arcane, there is no rowing back for MPs.
But now, the Government is desperately rowing back.
The report on future power sector scenarios comes as the government faces criticism for rowing back on support for lower cost renewables such as solar farms and onshore wind and failing to give investors certainty on the direction of future policies.
THE Government has been accused of rowing back on commitments to ban fracking near drinking water zones by amending the Infrastructure Bill at its final stage in the House of Lords .
WE'RE disappointed if unsurprised the Coalition is rowing back on coming clean on the wealth of the David Cameron's Cabinet of millionaires.
Newcastle University pro-vice chancellor Prof Malcolm Young said: "A very great deal of money has changed hands, so there's no rowing back now.