back\ off

back\ off
• back down
• back off
v informal
To give up a claim; not follow up a threat.

Bill said he could beat Ted, but when Ted put up his fists Bill backed down.

Harry claimed Joe had taken his book, but backed down when the teacher talked with him.

Syn.: beat a retreat
Compare: back out, give in, go back on(1)

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