backpedal


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pedal backwards on a bicycle

step backwards, in boxing

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modify one's opinion, make it less strong

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The DB can get out of his backpedal from a variety of different angles as the play develops.
US cyclists arrived in Beijing wearing masks this week - well, they've got to hide their syringes somewhere - before being forced to backpedal and apologise to the Olympic organising committee.
The European Commission committed to bringing forward proposals for the directive in its work programme for 2008 but some member states, including Germany and Poland, have objected to the proposals and forced the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, to an embarrassing backpedal on his commitment.
A high level of flexibility will enable your defensive backs to effortlessly glide in their backpedal, hip flips, speed turning, and playing the ball at its highest point.
When the predictable firestorm hits, the offenders backpedal fast, say their mea culpas and declare they're not racist.
In an attempt to backpedal from Dobson's extreme comments, FOF issued a statement rephrasing its position.
More specifically, the analyst warned that crude oil tanker charter rates will backpedal significantly in 2009 from current levels.
The coach said he was surprised USC does not employ ``off technique,'' which makes the cornerback backpedal and cover the receiver instead of turning sideways and running.
Football defensive backs commonly use a backpedal before moving in another direction.
Unable to recycle the storyline of how the almighty Lance Armstrong will pedal his way to another historic Tour de France title, the up-and-coming network is forced to backpedal, having to sell an American TV audience on (gulp) the race itself.
On the snap, the safeties will backpedal regardless of what type of read they are getting up front.