from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A retreat from an earlier position or opinion; a backing down: "Agreeing to give up their arms and to yield control of Tripoli represented a major climb-down” ( Jim Muir).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative form of climb down.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a retraction of a previously held position.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Descent; the abandonment of a high position taken on some point or question, when it has been found untenable or unacceptable. [Colloq.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. come down
- n. a retraction of a previously held position
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Yesterday's Gitmo climb-down came after the Supreme Court rejected appeals from three Guantanamo detainees challenging their indefinite detention.
The climb-down over the payments came after Lloyds and its rivals lost a legal effort two weeks ago to appeal new regulations requiring them to review their PPI sales and contact customers about possible refunds.
The White House's climb-down on tightening rules for levels of smog-forming ozone, announced Friday, came the same day as dreadful August jobs data.
Yet rarely have protests been so bold, or appeared to prompt an official climb-down so quickly, as they did in Dalian.
It's encouraging that the Basel rule makers are considering even a limited climb-down from pushing banks into government bonds, but the whole policy needs revision.
Despite Angela Merkel's climb-down last week, contagion effects have spread across the euro zone, notably to Spain, where bond yields have risen sharply.
While the application submitted on Sept. 24 by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas remains under consideration in the Council, the French understood that a climb-down to a General Assembly vote granting observer status was the more viable scenario.
Nope, Gingrey was just forced into a humiliating climb-down:
Prosecutors, however, ended up finding no evidence of any bank accounts, leading Renault to climb-down on its accusations.
The MRRT is a climb-down from a previous version of the tax which was vociferously opposed by the country's mining sector, in a campaign which contributed to the internal party revolt against former prime minister Kevin Rudd last year.