back out
intransitive verb Date: 1807 to withdraw especially from a commitment or contest

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • back out — {v. phr.} 1. To move backwards out of a place or enclosure. * /Bob slowly backed his car out of the garage./ 2. To withdraw from an activity one has promised to carry out. * /Jim tried to back out of the engagement with Jane, but she insisted… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • back out — {v. phr.} 1. To move backwards out of a place or enclosure. * /Bob slowly backed his car out of the garage./ 2. To withdraw from an activity one has promised to carry out. * /Jim tried to back out of the engagement with Jane, but she insisted… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • back out — verb a) To reverse a vehicle from a confined space. He backed out of the garage. b) To withdraw from something one has promised to do. She backed out of organizing the fund raising …   Wiktionary

  • To back out — Back Back, v. i. 1. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; used of the wind. [1913 Webster] 3. (Sporting) To stand still… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caught in a Trap and I Can't Back Out 'Cause I Love You Too Much, Baby — Infobox Album | Name = Caught in a Trap and I Can t Back Out Cause I Love You Too Much, Baby Type = Album Artist = Mark Eitzel Released = 1998 Recorded = Genre = rock music Length = Label = Matador Records Producer = Reviews = Last album = West… …   Wikipedia

  • Back — Back, v. i. 1. To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; used of the wind. [1913 Webster] 3. (Sporting) To stand still behind… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • back up — {v.} 1. To move backwards. * /The train was backing up./ 2. To help or be ready to help; stay behind to help; agree with and speak in support of. * /Jim has joined the Boy Scouts and his father is backing him up./ * /The principal backs up the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • back up — {v.} 1. To move backwards. * /The train was backing up./ 2. To help or be ready to help; stay behind to help; agree with and speak in support of. * /Jim has joined the Boy Scouts and his father is backing him up./ * /The principal backs up the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • back — back1 backless, adj. /bak/, n. 1. the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine. 2. the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back. 3. the rear portion of any part of the body: the back of …   Universalium

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