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Verb: backpedal (backpedalled,backpedalling, or [US] backpedaled,backpedaling)  'bak,pe-dul
  1. Pedal backwards on a bicycle
  2. Step backwards, in boxing
  3. Modify one's opinion, make it less strong

Derived forms: backpedalling, backpedals, backpedalled, backpedaling, backpedaled

Type of: bicycle, bike, cycle, pedal, rethink, step, wheel

Encyclopedia: Backpedal