climb down
intransitive verb Date: 1864 back downclimbdown noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • climb-down — climb downs also climbdown N COUNT A climb down in an argument or dispute is the act of admitting that you are wrong or of changing your intentions or demands. This week s climb down by the Department of Transport is thought to be the first time… …   English dictionary

  • climb-down — n. 1. a retraction of a previously held position. Syn: withdrawal, backdown. [WordNet 1.5] {Grand climacteric} or {Great climacteric}, the sixty third year of human life. [1913 Webster] I should hardly yield my rigid fibers to be regenerated by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • climb-down — n [C usually singular] BrE an occasion when you admit that you were wrong ▪ a humiliating climb down by the government …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • climb|down — «KLYM DOWN», noun. the abandonment of a high position taken on some point or question when it has been found untenable or unacceptable …   Useful english dictionary

  • climb down — index alight Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • climb-down — climb ,down noun count BRITISH a change of attitude in which someone admits they were wrong …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • climb down — verb come down (Freq. 3) the birds alighted • Syn: ↑alight • Hypernyms: ↑descend, ↑fall, ↑go down, ↑come down • …   Useful english dictionary

  • climb down — v. 1) (D; intr.) to climb down from (to climb down from a tree) 2) (BE) (D; intr.) ( to retreat ) to climb down from (to climb down from an untenable position) * * * [ klaɪm daʊn] (D; intr.) to climb down from (to climb down from a tree) (BE) (D; …   Combinatory dictionary

  • climb-down — noun a retraction of a previously held position • Syn: ↑withdrawal, ↑backdown • Derivationally related forms: ↑back down (for: ↑backdown), ↑withdraw (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • climb-down — n. (BE) retreat a climb down from (a climb down from an untenable position) * * * (BE) [ retreat ] a climb down from (a climb down from an untenable position) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • climb down — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms climb down : present tense I/you/we/they climb down he/she/it climbs down present participle climbing down past tense climbed down past participle climbed down British to admit that you were wrong,… …   English dictionary

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