walk back

walk back

1. To return (to someone, something, or some place) on foot. The car broke down 20 miles from my house, so I had no choice but to walk back. She walked back to her family to give them one last hug before she got on the train to New York.
2. To escort or return someone or something (to some place) on foot. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "walk" and "back." Please walk the shopping cart back to the store after you've loaded your groceries into the truck. A: "I'd better start heading home." B: "Sure thing. I'll walk you back."
3. To withdraw, reverse, or retreat from one's position or opinion on something, especially in a hasty or abrupt manner. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "walk" and "back." The senator has walked back the disparaging comments he made about his opponents during last night's debate. The government has been forced to walk back its plan of raising taxes after nationwide protests.
See also: back, walk

walk back (to) (something)

to return to something or some place on foot. I walked back to my office alone. She walked back home. Thanks for the offer of a ride. I'll walk back.
See also: back, walk
References in classic literature ?
"I'll walk back a bit and turn again to meet her, farther off the village." He walked back till he got nearly to the top of the hill again, and seated himself on a loose stone, against the low wall, to watch till he should see the little black figure leaving the hamlet and winding up the hill.
They made a tunnel through the snow to the hen-house, with walls so solid that grandmother and I could walk back and forth in it.
When I had seen what I wanted to see, I could easily walk back to the market-town and sleep at the inn.
There was a moment, during this long, wretched walk back from the Petersburg Side, when the prince felt an irresistible desire to go straight to Rogojin's, wait for him, embrace him with tears of shame and contrition, and tell him of his distrust, and finish with it--once for all.
Hal didn't wait for an answer but sprang to his feet and began to walk back and forth between the corn shocks.
"Yes; my father is to join me here: we shall walk back together, and I must be off immediately.
However, the French giants are reluctant to let him simply walk back to Barcelona, just two years after they paid APS198million for him in 2017.
I do not think they can easily walk back their own culture of contempt for Prime Minister Netanyahu, for Israel in general, or for the truth in particular when it comes to the Jewish state and the Jewish people.
Tesla also updated language to walk back some features, like the potential for self-driving to work with automated charging stations to charge without human intervention and removed mention of the Tesla Network from the site.
He began him down was Jamie said breathe and his Mum "Jamie suffers from autism and ADHD and over the last few months we have given him more and more independence and let him walk back from school.
The pair, who trained for the event for the past three months, will then walk back from Kuala Perlis to Ipoh in time for the Malaysia Day celebrations on September 16.
The 20-mile walk, on Saturday April 28, is organised by the Friends of the Peak District and goes from Holme via the Pennine Way and Black Hill across the moors to Marsden, then follows the Friends' Peak District Boundary Walk back to Holme around the northern-most tip of the National Park via the spectacular Royd Edge and Digley Reservoir.
5 Turn left, walk back to the garden gate and through to the forecourt.