[ US /ˈbækˌtɹæk/ ]
[ UK /bˈæktɹæk/ ]
  1. retrace one's course
    The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back
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How To Use backtrack In A Sentence

  • Consumers get incredibly upset when dieticians and researchers backtrack on previous findings, proclaiming that products once deemed healthy are now in question.
  • Manhattan's condominium sales cooled over the summer, backtracking in July from a June surge that was boosted by a tax credit for home buyers. Manhattan Condo Sales Slowed in July
  • To get around logjams, around dams and around shallow places, they unload their gear and carry the boat to the next put-in; then they backtrack to get the gear.
  • Aberdeen council was recently forced to backtrack on its single status plans after council workers threatened industrial action.
  • Underscoring why he won't debate on Hardwick's show, Davis is trying to backtrack, which is hard when you clearly harbor animus towards the subject matter: Buffalo Pundit
  • She backtracked as fluently as she had come forward, declaring that she could not remember any examples, and then proceeding to brush off the whole thing.
  • He backtracked last week to the point of erasing the most controversial of his manifesto pledges on healthcare from his campaign web site. Times, Sunday Times
  • He kind of backtracked and said I don't mean to draw a straight line between Hillary Clinton's vote for the war in Iraq and what happened in Pakistan today, but he did make the same argument that Obama has been making about diverting resources away from getting Al Qaeda in Afghanistan because of the war in Iraq and he did not back off of that. CNN Transcript Dec 27, 2007
  • Indeed, he often backtracked from long-held positions - a tactic referred to as a ‘confirmation conversion’ in Washington.
  • We went the wrong way and had to backtrack till we got to the right turning.
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