back‧ped‧al past tense and past participle backpedalled, present participle backpedallingBritish English, past tense and past participle backpedaled, present participle backpedalingAmerican English [intransitive]
1to change your opinion or not do something that you had promised to do [↪ backtrack]:
They are backpedalling on the commitment to cut taxes.
2TTBtopedal backwards on a bicycle
3to run or walk backwards
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.