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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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The RMT says SWR was "rowing back" on its pledge in February that every passenger train would have a guard with "safety critical competencies".
He's rowing back on that now, but it seems the plan was to get the caution and miss the return leg in Madrid - rather than risk picking one up there, and being suspended for a quarter-final match.
You get the impression the Government is merely shrugging its shoulders at the cost; PS170m of rowing back on a botched and ill-thought-out plan.
You get the impression the Government is merely shrugging its shoulders at the cost, PS170m, of rowing back on a botched and illthought-out plan.
"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.
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.
Greenpeace claim Mr Blair is "rowing back" on his commitment to the Kyoto Protocol
ARLENE Foster yesterday accused Sinn Fein of rowing back on suggesting an Irish unity poll should not be held during Brexit.