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To distance oneself from an earlier claim or statement; back off from an idea.

Though initially adopting a hard-line stance, the politician soon started to backpedal.

Additional definitions for 'backpedal':

backpedalTo pedal backwards on a bicycle.
backpedalTo step backwards.
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