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Synonyms for backdown

a retraction of a previously held position

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Chevonne was part of a delegation of Shellharbour/ Port Kembla health workers who met Health Minister Brad Hazzard a week before the government's backdown.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Managing Director of National Iranian Oil Company Ali Kardor says Iran will not backdown of its stance to regain its pre-sanction oil production share.
This represented a backdown on last year's proposed changes to increase royalties across the board in order to maintain mining revenue in the face of falling prices.
As the host of the Group of 20 last year, he attempted to keep climate change off the agenda, resulting in an embarrassing backdown at the Leaders Summit in Brisbane after US President Barack Obama used a high-profile speech to warn Australia that its own Great Barrier Reef was in danger.
The price of fuel affects every industry and commodity and while at various times the government has wisely tried to increase the price, the resulting parliamentary hue and cry has led to a backdown.
2013, 'Animals Australia Backdown on Coles Campaign', ABC News, 5 June,
The backdown followed a decision on October 2 by Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry to seat people wearing face coverings in areas normally reserved for noisy school children while visiting parliament.
However, whereas Liberal supporters may sneer at a "puerile" party political broadcast against the Liberals, although the term "sardonic" may be more appropriate, the rest of the population should offer profound sympathies to any political party which can indulge and tolerate the likes of Mr Paddy Backdown and Nick Clegg as leaders.
This estimate was subsequently changed to 2.9 percent per year in the 2010 annual NIPA revision but was subsequently marked backdown by nearly 1.5 percentage points with the release of the July 2013 NIPA revision.
For now neither the Republicans nor the Democrats appear willing to backdown without securing concessions over broader fiscal issues.
A massacre in Syria could now press him toward abandoning his closest Middle Eastern ally, but any backdown would have to be carefully engineered to protect Russian interests and save face.
ITV was last night bullish about the backdown, saying they had opted for the "sensible option".
"If we are talking about creating a conducive environment (for talks), of course freeing prisoners is a step in the right direction,but we insist that Israel has to freeze settlements." Ma'ariv, an Israeli daily, earlier quoted a "high-ranking Palestinian source" as saying that "If Israel consents to free heavyweight prisoners, there is a good chance that Abbas will backdown from the demand for a freeze.
Space travel would become "an everyday occurrence" by the year 2000, with competition encouraging innovation and pulling prices backdown to Earth.