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backpedal

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backpedalback‧ped‧al /ˌbækˈpedl $ ˈbækˌpedl/ verb (backpedalled, backpedalling British English, backpedaled, backpedaling American English) [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 1 CHANGE YOUR MINDto change your opinion or not do something that you had promised to dobacktrack 🔊 They are backpedalling on the commitment to cut taxes.2 TTBto pedal backwards on a bicycle3 to run or walk backwards
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backpedalThe country's government is backpedaling on some of the reforms.
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backpedal
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theybackpedal
he, she, itbackpedals
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theybackpedalled (BrE)
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave backpedalled
he, she, ithas backpedalled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad backpedalled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill backpedal
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have backpedalled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam backpedalling
he, she, itis backpedalling
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you, we, theyare backpedalling
Past
I, he, she, itwas backpedalling
you, we, theywere backpedalling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been backpedalling
he, she, ithas been backpedalling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been backpedalling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be backpedalling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been backpedalling
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