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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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