Did you possibly mean backpedal?
- v. alternative spelling of backpedal.
“Even leaving aside the things she has tried to back-pedal out of, claiming they were just footnotes or whatever (like saying pregnant women were victims of involuntary servitude), this is a woman who fought before the Supreme Court (unsuccessfully, Deo gratias) to deny religious leaders their First Amendment rights; who has argued forcefully that “gender rights” trump all First Amendment rights, especially religious rights, — even in YOUR OWN MIND.”
“It's probably too pat to ascribe Come Around Sundown's gentle back-pedal from the huge success of its predecessor to some Tennessean burglars.”
“That being said, actors spill the beans all the time and are forced to back-pedal until contracts are signed or the studio gives the go ahead.”
“This is a rebuttal of someone's writing that it was "sensible" for NASA to back-pedal from metric (again!) because of the potential problems with the Space Shuttle documentation.”
“White House political chief David Axelrod, speaking on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday, tried to back-pedal from the significance of Obama's action.”
“His big announcement--that in a Perry administration foreign aid for each country would "start at zero"--sounded groundbreaking on the surface, but not so radical when almost immediately he had to back-pedal on Israel.”
“And yet even this proved too much for a squeamish public: a prompt tsunami of outrage from offended viewers caused advertisers to back-pedal away from anything that might be seen as graphic or upsetting (i.e. instructive or useful), thereby setting an already low bar even lower.”
“What led disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis, who spent three and a half years after his 2006 Tour de France victory denying he doped, to not only back-pedal on his story in May, but accuse onetime teammate Lance Armstrong of using performance-enhancing drugs?”
“My money is on him losing the fight and issuing some sort of back-pedal statement on his official site - and before long too.”
“He then went on to back-pedal on largely everything, at least the most outrageous allegations, that he'd previously reported.”
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