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back down



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back down
     1. v. To take a less aggressive position in a conflict than one previously has or has planned to.
           I was about to sue them, but I had to back down.
           I was going to sue them, but now I'm going to have to back down.
Analysis
back
     1. adj. (not comparable) Near the rear.
           Go in the back door of the house.
     2. adj. (not comparable) Not current.
           I’d like to find a back issue of that magazine.
     3. adj. (not comparable) Far from the main area.
down
     1. n. (especially southern England) A hill, especially a chalk hill; rolling grassland
           We went for a walk over the downs.
           The North Downs are a ridge of chalk hills in south east England.
     2. n. (usually plural) A field, especially one used for horse racing.
     3. n. (mostly) A tract of poor, sandy, undulating or hilly land near the sea, covered with fine turf which serves chiefly for the grazing of sheep.

Example Sentences

Two spurious reasons not to back down
The prime minister had to back down from his original proposal for fines which were paid on the spot after it was ridiculed as meaning that the police would have to frogmarch teenagers to cash point machines. 

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