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Either you'd back down or else you'd give the man a beating.

Then I carried it on my back down the street, round a corner, to an archway.

What are you going to do, Dave—try to turn around here or back down?

But when the day came for the election, no Gould was to be seen, and back down it tumbled.

But they'll neither of them back down a hair, for losing face.

Also, each hated to be the first to back down from a fair bet.

Father Hennepin and Anthony again joined them, and accompanied them back down the river, as he says, about eighty leagues.

"I think we are sold, and the sooner we back down, the better," added Lindsley.

But she hated to back down on any part of her program before Grace.

In the face of the assemblage Honey Tone could not back down.

WORD ORIGIN

in figurative sense of "withdraw a charge," 1859, American English, from notion of descending a ladder, etc.; from back (v.) + down (adv.).

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