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synonyms for backing off

  • abandon
  • back down
  • balk
  • give up
  • surrender
  • withdraw
  • recede
  • retire
  • yield
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How to use backing off in a sentence

A far-off volley rumbled over the plain, and a few birds stirred uneasily among the trees.
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Jean was to be an architect—God knows why—but Aristide settled it, definitely, off-hand.
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In favorable parts of the trail he must do better than that, to off-set losses of time where the going was most difficult.
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There was something about the man that Matt liked, in spite of the deceit he had practised at the start-off of their acquaintance.
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She did not take the broad, beaten road which led to the far-off plantation of Valmonde.
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"Ah, then I shall meet them at noon," replied the smart officer, backing his bay horse.
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Consequently Tchaikovsky delighted in hearing her recall the joys and sorrows of those far-off days.
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That little chapel, he continues, which contains the cast-off garments of his soul, is bright with solid silver.
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The people who lived in those far-off days had no special occasion to know or to care what time it was.
THE WONDER BOOK OF KNOWLEDGEVARIOUS
These finishing-off rows look pretty done in pale pink or blue wool.
THE LADIES' BOOK OF ETIQUETTE, AND MANUAL OF POLITENESSFLORENCE HARTLEY
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