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English verb: back down

1. back down (motion) move backwards from a certain position


SamplesThe bully had to back down.


Synonymsback off, back up


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw

2. back down (social) remove oneself from an obligation


SamplesHe bowed out when he heard how much work was involved.


Synonymsback off, bow out, chicken out, pull out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)retire, withdraw


Narrower (hyponym)resile


Verb groupget out, pull out









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