verb (used without object), back-ped·aled, back-ped·al·ing or (especially British) back-ped·alled, back-ped·al·ling.

  1. to retard the forward motion by pressing backward on the pedal, especially of a bicycle with coaster brakes.
  2. to retreat from or reverse one’s previous stand on any matter; shift ground: to back-pedal after severe criticism.
  3. Boxing. to retreat from an opponent, especially by stepping rapidly backward.

verb -pedals, -pedalling or -pedalled or US -pedals, -pedaling or -pedaled (intr)

  1. to turn the pedals of a bicycle backwards
  2. to retract or modify a previous opinion, principle, etc
  3. boxing to take backward steps
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