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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.
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.