from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To go back over the course by which one has come.
- intransitive v. To return to a previous point or subject, as in a lecture or discussion.
- intransitive v. To reverse one's position or policy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the act of backtracking
- v. to retrace one's steps
- v. to repeat or review work already done
- v. To taxi down an active runway in the opposite direction to that being used for takeoff
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. retrace one's course
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It may also lead to a situation in which it is not always possible to backtrack from a citation to a source, because somewhere along the way somebody decided a certain, necessary piece of information was unnecessary.
And some may even be trying to backtrack from the political fallout that the desafuero has caused.
At the same time, thousands of conservative politicians will face a dreadful choice: backtrack from the anti-abortion ground they have staked out and risk infuriating their pro-life base; or deliver on their promise to eliminate the right to abortion, and risk the wrath of a moderate, pro-choice majority.
It is being thoroughly abused to track -- pardon, 'backtrack' -- the phone records of everyday mainstream reporters.
It is being thoroughly abused to track -- pardon, "backtrack" -- the phone records of everyday mainstream reporters.
Underscoring why he won't debate on Hardwick's show, Davis is trying to backtrack, which is hard when you clearly harbor animus towards the subject matter:
Suriname backtrack boats too 'technical' to be dealt with now - Greene Despite two recent mishaps on the Corentyne ...
And how did Barack Obama "backtrack" by supporting a constitutional right to building the mosque, but not commenting on its wisdom?
Now I am finding that I have so much to share with my daughters and try to "backtrack" so much of what I taught them through example by believing what the church has been teaching, at least the ones we have attended.
There's an intriguing story in today's Times suggesting that the Tories may "backtrack" on some defence spending commitments, and are thinking about shelving the Trident replacement.