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  • v. To move backwards away from something.
  • v. To become less aggressive, particularly when one had appeared committed to act.
  • v. To lower the setting of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move backwards from a certain position
  • v. remove oneself from an obligation


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  • We hear the Cannons roaring here every day from near [unclear: Alexander] our troops drove them back off over Shooters hill the other morning it is five miles from Washington.

    Augusta County: George W. Baylor to Mary C. Baylor, September 4, 1861

  • France was still nervous that our draft resolution was too strong, and Gourdault-Montagne repeatedly called Hadley urging that we back off the French having obviously given up on persuading me, or even Jones Parry, who this time was hanging tough, for some reason.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • Looking back to Mogad he added, “Make him back off and let my man go.”


  • She had thick white hair tied back off her forehead by a band; she was in her forties, I thought, but with a girl's figure, and she wore orange-colored pants, a matching turtleneck sweater, and a vest of some sort of silvery cloth.

    Time and Again

  • From the light reflecting back off the snow, Anna could see the silhouette of her head and shoulders as she turned left and started down the south fork, the part of the creek quarantined because of Nims's body.


  • Dr. Shane sighed and pushed her hair back off her forehead.

    Blood Lines

  • P.J. turned to run, but something caught the hood of his tracksuit and yanked him back off his feet.

    You Suck

  • We drove back off the highway, deep into a grove of fresh-scented evergreens.

    Ellen Hopkins: Crank Trilogy

  • Ronald Reagan had drawn on it and mounted a serious challenge to Fords nomination as the Republican Partys presidential candidate in 1976, causing Ford to back off Kissingers proposal to complete a SALT II agreement on available terms.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • She wanted to push his hair back off his face, run her thumbs down the stubble-rough sides of his jaw, watch everything he felt dance across his expression as she slid her arms up under his sweater.

    Blood Lines


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