English version

climb down

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishclimb down phrasal verb British EnglishADMITto admit that you were wrong, especially after being certain that you were rightclimb-down climb→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
climb downa humiliating climbdown by the government over their economic policiesNeither side in the dispute has been willing to climb down.European Court decisions have forced several employers to climb down and change their policy on women's pay.
climb-downˈclimb-down noun [countable usually singular] British English 🔊 🔊 an occasion when you admit that you were wrong 🔊 a humiliating climb-down by the government
Examples from the Corpus
climb-downBetter an early climb-down in some sheltered private meeting, he argued, than a humiliation on the floor of the House.
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Verb table
climb
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyclimb
he, she, itclimbs
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyclimbed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave climbed
he, she, ithas climbed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad climbed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill climb
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have climbed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam climbing
he, she, itis climbing
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you, we, theyare climbing
Past
I, he, she, itwas climbing
you, we, theywere climbing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been climbing
he, she, ithas been climbing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been climbing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be climbing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been climbing
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