intr.v. back·ped·aled o r back·ped·alled, back·ped·al·ing or back·ped·al·ling, back·ped·als
1. To move the pedals of a bicycle or similar vehicle backward, especially to apply a brake.
2. To move backward by taking short quick steps, as in boxing or football.
3. To retreat or withdraw from a position or attitude: The senator later backpedaled on the issue.
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vb -pedals, -pedalling, -pedalled US, -pedals -pedaling, -pedaled (intr)
1. (Individual Sports & Recreations / Cycle Racing) to turn the pedals of a bicycle backwards
2. to retract or modify a previous opinion, principle, etc
3. (Individual Sports & Recreations / Boxing) Boxing to take backward steps
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