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  • v. Used other than as an idiom: see walk,‎ back.
  • v. To withdraw or back-pedal on a statement or promise; retract.


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  • As the dorsal arc of Cossuut's sun sank out of sight, the 'two turned to walk back to the house.

    The False Mirror

  • Turning to walk back to his ground-hitched horse, he paused to scan the raw, wild landscape.


  • Stubbornly, she waited outside a few minutes and watched Andy walk back to his car while Ridge impatiently cooled his heels at the door.

    Western Man

  • Along the east wall she detected the presence of pigs, but, apart from the fact that all lights, except the beacon-lantern in the tower and the glimmer over the gate, were now put out, there was nothing else to be discovered, and she turned to walk back to the village.

    St Peter's Finger

  • She thought she could walk back across the field, and get over the stile; and then, in the very next field, she thought she remembered there was a hovel of furze near a sheepfold.

    Adam Bede

  • You're going to have to walk back to Fifty Mountain in those things, Harry warned, pointing to Van Slyke's disreputable footwear.

    Blood Lure

  • On the walk back home, Sister Cora was quiet, her sweater wrapped tightly, her arms crossed.

    Keep Sweet

  • There was a moment of consideration, Laila thought, maybe a change of heart, and, when he bent down, she imagined he would pretend his shoelace had come undone and walk back to her.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • “I swear, Spock, you are absolutely ghoulish,” said McCoy on the walk back to their shuttlehome.


  • 'I don't believe Rode would have had the nerve to walk back to the house after killing his wife knowing that Jane Lyn had seen him do it.

    A Murder of Quality


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  • Take steps to reverse an earlier decision as in "it now appears the governments are trying to walk back their decisions"

    June 1, 2008