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Synonyms for backdown

a retraction of a previously held position

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Shellharbour Labor MP Anna Watson called the government's backdown "a win for every single person who attended a rally, and who signed the petition.
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.
9 percent per year in the 2010 annual NIPA revision but was subsequently marked backdown by nearly 1.
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".
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.
Breach rates even increased to as much as 70 percent before declining by more than 50 percent between 2005 and 2012; see "Antisocial Behaviour: Crackdown--and Backdown," The Guardian, May 22, 2012.
Jockeys get lighter bans Jimmy Quinn, on runner-up Emma's Gift, and Fergus Sweeney, on third home and beaten favourite Birdolini, can thank the latest BHA backdown for just getting two days (November 25-26) for using their whips eight times, one over the limit, in the feature 1m2f handicap.
It is social pressure rather than government dominance that explains the legislative backdown.
However, when the former Birmingham forward argued that he had seen it with his own eyes, Gannon was forced into an embarrassing backdown that led to him leaving, but not before he had a chance to swear at his No.
And there's no question in our minds that the backdown is due to protests from the fishing community.
Washington declared its backdown from pushing for suspension of the Israeli