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Verb: back off  bak óf
  1. Move backwards from a certain position
    "The bully had to back off";
    - back up, back down
     
  2. Remove oneself from an obligation
    "He backed off when he heard how much work was involved";
    - chicken out, pull out, back down, bow out

Derived forms: backing off, backed off, backs off

Type of: draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw