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Back off   /bæk ɔf/   Listen
Back off

Move backwards from a certain position.  Synonyms: back down, back up.
Remove oneself from an obligation.  Synonyms: back down, bow out, chicken out, pull out.

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"Back off" Quotes from Famous Books

... gallon add three pounds down-weight, of the best lump sugar. Stir well, repeating every day for a week, then cover with lawn and let stand till fermentation ceases. Cover tight then and leave standing six weeks longer, so the wine may fatten on the lees. Back off carefully, filtering the muddy part at the bottom through several thicknesses of cheese cloth. Put in a clean vessel for two months longer, then bottle and seal. If the bottles are laid on the side, and the wine ...
— Dishes & Beverages of the Old South • Martha McCulloch Williams

... replied quietly. He vaulted into the box and signalled to the laborers. Hilda stepped back off the block as he went up perhaps a third of the way, and then came down. She said nothing, but ...
— Calumet "K" • Samuel Merwin and Henry Kitchell Webster

... in, wiping his forehead with a big blue bandana. "Well, there she goes. Mr. Sorensen, if that thing is dangerous, hadn't we better back off a little ...
— With No Strings Attached • Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA David Gordon)

... Wolf stepped out, en start to'rds Brer Fox. Brer Fox seed 'im comin', en he sorter back off. Brer Wolf got little closer, en bimeby he make a dash at Brer Fox. Brer Fox dodge, he did, en den he put out fer de woods wid Brer Wolf ...
— The Book of Stories for the Storyteller • Fanny E. Coe

... back off from one of the big Lambert-Howell sprayers. As the man started to point out a feed assembly, another prisoner stepped directly ...
— Alarm Clock • Everett B. Cole

... He began to back off the porch, and had his ankle not pained him so, he certainly would have set off on a run. Perhaps it is well he did not try this, however, for the ...
— Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies - The Missing Pearl Necklace • Alice B. Emerson

... Fakenham,' said he knowingly. ''Tis you yourself taught me how. Go get me one of my wigs. Open my despatch-box yonder, where the great secrets of the Austrian Chancery lie; put your hair back off you forehead; clap me on this patch and these moustaches, and now ...
— Barry Lyndon • William Makepeace Thackeray

... his feet and threw his hair back off his face; the blood rushed into his cheeks, making them scarlet: his great soft eyes ...
— Famous Stories Every Child Should Know • Various

... saw that he was coming nigher and nigher to the deep hole, farther and farther from the path, she was so mad and so sorry that she struggled and fought and pulled harder than ever. And though she couldn't get loose she twisted and turned, till her black hood fell back off her shining yellow hair, and the beautiful light that came from it drove away ...
— Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know • Various

Words linked to "Back off" :   pull back, back down, draw back, pull away, withdraw, bow out, retire, move back, get out, pull out, retreat, recede, back up, chicken out, resile

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